COJC is a 72-bed co-educational secure care treatment facility located in Tecumseh, Oklahoma, on 30 acres of a 147.7-acre plat. It has been operational since 1917. It has gone through many transformations over the years and was formerly known as the Russell Industrial School, Oklahoma State Industrial School for Incorrigible Girls, the State Industrial School for White Girls, Girls Town and Central Oklahoma Juvenile Treatment Center. It has been known as COJC [koh-jak] since August of 1992. Through the transitions it has served as a facility for orphans, children in need of mental health treatment, delinquents and youthful offenders. It was previously operated by the Department of Human Services but has been under the jurisdiction of the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs since 1995.
COJC strives to be an integral part of the Tecumseh, Shawnee and surrounding communities. We accomplish this by reaching out to local non-profits and public organizations to allow our community level residents to assist them in a variety of local projects that enhance the quality of the community as a whole.
COJC is accredited by American Correctional Association (ACA) and licensed by the OJA Office of Public Integrity. Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) certification participates in Performance Based Standards (PbS).
COJC provides care, guidance, discipline, education, rehabilitation and reintegration services for female and male youth between the ages of 14-19, and . Residents of COJC have been adjudicated by the court as a Delinquent or Youthful Offender (YO), are in the custody of the Office of Juvenile Affairs and meet the requirements for placement in a medium-secure facility.
Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma partnered with OJA secure care for girls; in an art therapy project.
The grant-funded art program is a joint effort to help residents develop coping and life skills and give them a voice. The partnership launched in 2008, art was introduced into the program in 2014. This year, the resident's artwork was displayed at several metro art galleries.
We understand that the people who live and work near the COJC are our neighbors. Being a good neighbor is a core value of our relationship with the community.
Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center (COJC)
700 S. 9th St.
Tecumseh, OK 74873-4636