James Crabtree Correctional Center

The James Crabtree Correctional Center (JCCC) is a medium-security state prison located in Helena, Oklahoma that can house up to 1,175 male inmates. The prison's history predates statehood. Built in 1904, it was (in order) a high school, junior college, orphanage, and training school for boys before it became a prison in 1982. Its namesake is former Ouachita Correctional Center Warden James Crabtree.

JCCC provides inmates work opportunities through correctional industries and institutional support. It also provides inmates educational opportunities, cognitive behavioral treatment, anger management, and re-entry services to prepare them for life after prison.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

An inmate's security level dictates how many hours he may visit each week. Visitation is on Saturdays, Sundays, and state-recognized holidays. It is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Inmates with the last name starting with A to K visit on Saturdays.
  • Inmates with the last name starting with L to Z may visit on Sundays.

On state-recognized holidays, A-K visits from 8-11:30 a.m., and L-Z may visit from 12-3:30 p.m.

There will be no dropped-off visitors or waiting in the parking lot allowed.

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.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections conducts background checks on everyone 18 or older, and your inmate will notify you when the process is complete. The approval process takes approximately sixty days once you have returned the Visitor Request Form to JCCC.

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, including 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 aged 11 and older must comply with the dress code unless they are restricted by handicap or medical reasons. 

Physical Address

James Crabtree Correctional Center
216 N. Murray Street
Helena, OK 73741-1017

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/pcg9HyGPP4PdeT2r5

General Phone Number

(580) 852-3221

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, DOC Number
James Crabtree Correctional Center
216 N. Murray Street
Helena, OK 73741-1017 

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

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at James Crabtree 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 James Crabtree Correctional Center by using JPay.

  • JPay.com – 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


Education is important when it comes to avoiding re-incarceration. JCCC offers literacy courses as well as Pre-High School Equivalency and High School Equivalency diplomas. College courses (not provided through state funding) are also available to inmates who can pay for them, or those who have alternative funding or scholarships.

Substance Abuse Treatment

Substance Abuse Treatment The substance abuse treatment program(s) at JCCC is a six- to nine-month program designed for individuals who are assessed with a moderate-to-high need in the area of substance abuse. Interventions rely on a cognitive-behavioral approach to teach participants strategies for avoiding substance abuse. The program places heavy emphasis on skill-building activities to assist with cognitive, social, emotional, and coping skills development.

Criminal Thinking

JCCC offers Thinking for a Change, Moral Reconation Therapy, and Associates 4 Success programs to address the thinking, judgment errors, and relationships linked with criminal thinking/behavior.

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Careers at James Crabtree Correctional Center

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