Jess Dunn Correctional Center

The Jess Dunn Correctional Center is located in Muskogee County 10 miles west of Muskogee, Oklahoma. The minimum-security facility houses more than 1,100 male inmates. It was built in 1932 as a mental hospital for African-American patients. Since then, it has been a tuberculosis sanitarium, a juvenile girls facility, and a co-ed home.

ODOC took over the facility in 1980 from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. It is named after Jess Dunn, the warden of Oklahoma State Penitentiary from 1938 until 1941, when he died during an inmate escape attempt and shootout that year.

Today, JDCC covers approximately 1,100 acres, which includes five dormitories and a farm. In 2000, a 42-bed segregated housing unit was constructed with inmate labor.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

An inmate's security level dictates how many hours they are allowed to visit each week.

Visiting days and times at JDCC are:

  • Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sundays, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • All state-recognized holidays included

Visits are structured so as to allow informal communication between the inmate and his visitor. Inmates and visitors may hold hands or place their arm around the shoulder of each other while visiting. They may embrace (hug) and exchange brief kisses at the beginning and conclusion of their visit. They may not engage in any sexual activity. 

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 approval process takes approximately sixty days once you have returned the Visitor Request Form to JDCC.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections conducts background checks on everyone 18 or older, and your inmate will notify you when the process is complete. 

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. 

Visitors are responsible for securing personal items (keys, cars locked, etc.) Absolutely no electronic communication devices or pagers will be allowed.  

Physical Address

Jess Dunn Correctional Center
601 South 124th Street West
Taft, OK 74463-0316

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/EWDiM3DEAaStnYoCA

General Phone Number

(918) 682-7841

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, DOC Number
Jess Dunn Correctional Center
P.O. Box 316
Taft, OK 74463-0316

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 Jess Dunn 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 Jess Dunn 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

Education is a key component when it comes to inmates avoiding re-incarceration. JDCC 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 to those who have alternative funding or scholarships.

Criminal Thinking

JDCC offers Thinking for a Change, Moral Reconation Therapy, and Associates 4 Success programs to address thinking, judgment errors, and relationships linked with criminal thinking/behavior. A primary programmatic mission is to provide psychoeducation programs for inmates convicted of sexual offenses.

CareerTech

JDCC 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 at JDCC include Career Readiness and Green Technologies.

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Careers at Jess Dunn 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 Jess Dunn Correctional Center — you can find out more information about available jobs by clicking here.

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