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Secure Care Treatment Facilities
Residential programs provide rehabilitative facilities for treatment to Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) youth, who have been adjudicated as Youthful Offenders or delinquents and placed in OJA custody.
OJA Residential Placement Support Division
Carol Miller, Deputy Director
CENTRAL OKLAHOMA JUVENILE CENTER (COJC)
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
SOUTHWEST OKLAHOMA JUVENILE CENTER (SWOJC)
SWOJC is a 60-bed secure care treatment facility that sits on 7 acres in Manitou, OK in southwest Oklahoma. SWOJC is accredited by the American Correctional Association and provides care, guidance, discipline, education, rehabilitation and reintegration services for young men between the ages of 14-19. Residents of SWOJC have been adjudicated by the court as a Delinquent or Youthful Offender, are in the custody of the Office of Juvenile Affairs and meet the requirements for placement in a medium secure facility. SWOJC was built in 1952 as an elementary thru senior high school; the OJA opened SWOJC on August 5, 1996.
SWOJC offers many treatment services to assist residents and address the issues that led to their placement at the facility and to help them prepare for a successful return to their community once they have completed the program. The facility prepares the residents to accept responsibility for their behaviors and understand the obligation each individual has to maintain a safe community. Professional staff provides a variety of treatment interventions and the facility is always looking to enhance existing services to best meet the needs of the residents and the public.
SWOJC strives to be an integral part of the surrounding communities; this is accomplished by providing assistance to local non-profits and public organizations by allowing Community Level juveniles to assist them in a variety of projects. Whether it is working at the Frederick Food Bank, assisting with the annual Rotary and Lion’s Club fund raisers, or painting playground equipment at area parks, SWOJC wants to build a relationship of trust and goodwill in area communities and give back to the community.
Southwest Oklahoma Juvenile Center (SWOJC)
320 South Broadway Ave; P.O. Box 99
Manitou, OK 73555-0099
COJC and SWOJC Programs
COJC and SWOJC offer many treatment services to assist residents and address the issues that led to their placement at the facility and to help them prepare for a successful return to their community once they have completed the program. The facility prepares the residents to accept responsibility for their behaviors and understand the obligation each individual has to maintain a safe community.
Available Programs May Include:
NEXT GENERATION CAMPUS
Updates to Construction
TECUMSEH - The Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) is now in the construction phase of the Next Generation Campus. We will update the progress that is being made throughout the renovation process. Keep watching this space.
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Governor Mary Fallin signed HB2387 (2017), allowing OJA to build a state of the art campus for young people receiving care in the agency’s secure care facilities.
The campus will be built on the grounds currently occupied by the Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center (COJC) in Tecumseh. Ultimately, the campus will serve as the single secure care facility operated by the agency as operations from two other centers will be centralized onto the new campus.