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February 9, 2013

OSP cracks down on inmate crime

McALESTER — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is cracking down on inmate crime within prisons.

Recently, three inmates from the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester had felony charges filed against them in Pittsburg County District Court.

Terry Crenshaw, warden’s assistant for OSP, said a lot of offenses are handled within the prison. However, some offenses will be forwarded to the District 18 District Attorney’s Office. “It is not an everyday occurrence that offenders are charged with a crime,” Crenshaw said. “For simple violations of policy, we have administrative remedies we use. When this occurs, offenders are not charged with a crime in a court of law but are, however, held accountable through the administrative remedy process within the prison.”

Crenshaw said when an inmate incident causes danger to staff and other inmates, then charges will be filed. “If it is a state law violation, if an offender commits a crime, like assaulting staff or placing bodily fluid on staff, which in turn puts individuals, employees and offenders, in danger, or if it could disrupt security operations, we would seek state charges.”

Three inmates from OSP have recently been charged with felony counts.

Earl Engleking, 51, was charged Wednesday in Pittsburg County District Court with prisoner placing bodily fluids /substance on a correctional officer.

Joseph Scott Norwood, 29, was charged Wednesday with assault and battery on a correctional officer.

Adam Nelson, 24, was charged Feb. 1 with prisoner placing body fluid on government employee.

Engleking is currently serving a 10-year sentence for an Oklahoma County assault conviction. His scheduled release date is June 5, 2017, and he has a parole hearing set in February 2014. If convicted of this new charge, he is facing an additional two years incarceration.

Norwood is currently serving time for LeFlore County convictions of burglary and grand larceny. His scheduled release date is May 31, 2015, and he has a parole hearing set in December 2013. If convicted, he is facing an additional five years incarceration.

Nelson is currently a 10-year sentence for Oklahoma County convictions of burglary, assault and making a bomb threat. His scheduled release date is May 25, 2018, and he has a parole hearing set in September 2016. If convicted, he is facing an additional two years incarceration.

Contact Rachel Petersen at rpetersen@mcalesternews.com.

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