McALESTER — Oklahoma State Penitentiary traces back to 1908, when reformer Kate Barnard exposed brutal conditions in the Kansas Penitentiary, where Oklahoma inmates were being held. Within a few months the inmates were moved to McAlester, where they began helping build the prison, wrote Harjit Sandhu in his book, “History of Corrections in Oklahoma.” Much of the prison was destroyed in a 1973 riot, but new units were built in the 1980s and 1990s. Now, a large swath of the southern half of OSP is empty, as cellhouses have been closed and the rodeo is inactive. A new administration building is planned.
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- Emergency management department to conduct large scale exercise Aug. 2
- Update: juvenile shot in Quinton expected to live.
MPS hosts staff luncheon
As the beginning of another school year approaches, an estimated 60-70 administrators and staff that work for McAlester Public Schools during the summer gathered for a luncheon of hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cream floats Wednesday.
Contraband at Jackie Brannon
An Oklahoma City woman has been charged with two felony and one misdemeanor counts in Pittsburg County District Court, alleging she brought contraband onto the property of the Jackie Brannon Correctional Center.
School website is a resource for district
The McAlester Public Schools website is designed for students, parents and the community to use as a resource for district information, according to McAlester Public Schools Director of Technology Michelle Tindle.
MPS lists tips for families to stay safe during school year
McAlester Public Schools Transportation Manager Billie Jo Sistrunk said she wants to remind families to be safe around school buses.
- Update: Juvenile Shot in Quinton
- At least one shot in Quinton
Bus drivers needed for school year
There is a shortage of bus drivers at McAlester Public Schools, says McAlester Public Schools Transportation Manager Billie Jo Sistrunk.
American Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donors
The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give
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