- Strayer University - Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice
Correctional officers in Oklahoma work in a variety of local, federal, and state incarceration and administration facilities. While a majority of the state prisons are run by state agency, there is a mounting trend toward the hire of third-party contractors to manage and oversee all aspects of the facility, as is done with Cimarron Correctional Facility and Davis Correctional Facility. Oklahoma prison facilities have a range of incarceration options available - some, like the Howard McLeod Correctional Center and Jackie Brannon Correctional Center contain a secured space for long-term and violent offenders. Others, like Oklahoma City Community Corrections Center focus on minimum-security units for inmates. Community work centers focus on supporting inmates who have clearance for outside jobs and community support programs. Regardless, Oklahoma's Department of Corrections maintains a safe, professional environment to benefit staff, inmates, and surrounding communities. State need, coupled with federal facilities (Federal Correctional Institution, El Reno) and an extensive county jail system means that staffing needs over the next 10 years are poised to grow at a steady rate (BLS.gov) - in Oklahoma this means that there will be approximately 200 new positions created for frontline correctional officers, as well as gaps to be filled in existing staff deployment as senior corrections officers retire, change jobs, or advance their careers. Read more to discover more information about opportunities in corrections below.