Howard McLeod Correctional Center

The Howard McLeod Correctional Center (HMCC) is a minimum-security male prison 30 miles southeast of Atoka in Taft, Oklahoma. Most of its nearly 700 inmates produce cattle, hay, pecans and firewood for ODOC Agri-Services on the facility's 5,300 acres. This facility is operated by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. 

HMCC was built in 1962 by inmates from nearby Mack Alford Correctional Center (then Stringtown Correctional Center). The facility is named after Howard C. McLeod, a former warden at Oklahoma State Penitentiary known for his interest in providing inmates meaningful work opportunities. The prison is also known in the state paleontology community, as 14 dinosaur skeletons have been found on its grounds.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Regular Visiting Hours:
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(Inmates with DOC numbers that end in an even number) 

Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(Inmates with DOC numbers that end in an odd number ) 

State Holidays
All inmates are allowed visitation on holidays. 

An inmate's security level dictates how many hours he or she may visit with approved visitors. HMCC is a minimum-security facility, and its inmates may receive up to eight hours per week, excluding holidays.

State-recognized holidays that fall on Monday through Friday are "free" visiting days. That means that, while an inmates' allowable number of hours for visiting still corresponds with their security level, holiday visitation will not count toward their total number of allowed visitation hours.

If the holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, visitation hours count on total visiting privilege level hours.

Level I
One hour per week -
Inmates are permitted a one hour non contact visit per week from 6-7 p.m. Saturday, except for during state holidays. If the holiday is on any day other than Saturday, the inmate can visit on that day, as well as Saturday, from 6-7 p.m. Visitors must check in by 5:45 p.m.

Level  2
Three hours per week -
Visiting hours will  be at 12-3 p.m. either Saturday or Sunday plus state holidays.  

Level  3
Five hours per week -
Visiting hours will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. either Saturday or Sunday plus state holidays.

Level 4
6.5 hours per week -
Visiting hours will be 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., either Saturday or Sunday plus state holidays.   

Special Visits
Special extended visits are allowed for staff-identified individuals who travel long distances, volunteers or team members who partner with ODOC in reentry services, attorney/clergy, etc. The facility's warden determines the length and conditions of all special visits. Special visits for ministers/religious leaders must be scheduled in advance through the Warden. 

Visiting Application

All inmate visitors must submit a “Visitor Request Form” and get approval before they are allowed to visit.  You can find a copy of it here.

Background checks will be completed on everyone over 18 or older, and  your inmate will notify you when the process is complete. The approval process takes approximately eight weeks once the Visitor Request Form has been returned to HMCC.

Dress Code

The following clothing items are prohibited in the visiting room: 

  • Shorts, skorts, skirts, or dresses shorter than the top of the kneecap or tight fitting. 
  • Wrap-around skirts, dresses/skirts with split seam higher than the top of the knee cap.
  • Tube-tops, Tank-tops, Crop-tops, Halter-tops, Spaghetti-top blouses, Sleeveless/transparent or mesh tops/blouses. 
  • Leggings/biker’s pants/bodysuits. 
  • Spandex clothing, to include swimsuits. 
  • Blue chambray, periwinkle, camouflage, or orange shirts. 
  • Tight fitting sweat suits. 
  • Low-cut or cut-out designs on clothing. 
  • Clothing bearing profanity, offensive wording, and pictures. 
  • Headgear (excluding religious). 
  • Clothing which exposes the midriff, extremely tight, off the shoulder, or which exposes any part of the breast.

All visitors must wear appropriate underclothing for his/her gender. Children above the age of 11 years must comply with the dress code for adults unless they are restricted by handicap or medical reasons. 

Physical Address

Howard McLeod Correctional Center
19603 E. Whippoorwill Lane
Atoka, OK 74525-8415

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number

(580) 889-6651

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, DOC Number
Howard McLeod Correctional Center
19603 E. Whippoorwill Lane
Atoka, OK 74525-8415

Inmates can receive mail at any time. Include their name, DOC number, and housing assignment (if known) in the address.

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at Howard McLeod Correctional Center do have access to phones, but they can’t receive incoming calls. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Oklahoma, please click here.

How to Send Money

You can send money to an inmate at Howard McLeod Correctional Center by using JPay.

  • – Send money online, with your credit or debit card.
  • JPay Mobile – Send money anytime, anywhere by downloading the free app
  • Phone: 800-574-5729 – Speak with a live agent, 24/7
  • Send cash at MoneyGram locations including CVS and Walmart (receive code 6365)  
  • Money orders – Payable to JPay at: P.O. Box 278320, Miramar, FL 33027

You can download a printable deposit slip at JPay.

Inmates are allowed to spend a maximum of $80 per week in the canteen. There is no limit to the amount of money an inmate may have in their account. 

Programs For Inmates

HMCC utilizes a multitude of programming resources to effectively change behavior. By providing educational opportunities, technical training skills through the CareerTech Program, and cognitive behavior instruction for the inmates, they create an environment conducive to positive change. Positive role modeling and relationship development allows the facility to expose inmates to a pro-social atmosphere, which is needed to initiate a seamless transition back into society.


Education is a key component in avoiding re-incarceration. HMCC offers literacy courses as well as Pre-High School Equivalency and High School Equivalency diplomas. College courses, which are not provided with state funding, are available to inmates who can afford them, or those who have alternative funding or scholarships.

Criminal Thinking

HMCC offers Thinking for a Change, Partners in Parenting, and Victims Impact programs to address the thinking, judgment errors, and negative relationships linked with criminal thinking/behavior.

HMCC also offers Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Ideas for Better Communications, Unlock Your Thinking, Open Your Mind, Building Your Social Network, and Victims Impact programs to address thinking, judgment errors, and relationships linked with criminal thinking and behavior.


HMCC inmates can get technical training through a CareerTech Skills Center, which trains them for workforce entry after release. CareerTech also helps inmates find skill-related employment after release.

Courses include Precision Machining, Transportation Distribution & Logistics for Warehouses, and Welding.

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Careers at Howard McLeod Correctional Center

If you are interested in a career with Oklahoma Corrections — and would like to apply for a job at the Howard McLeod Correctional Center — you can find out more information about available jobs by clicking here.