Inmate debt and fees policies/reports (State-level) (Department of Corrections)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Department of Corrections of Oklahoma.


From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Oklahoma Open Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

The following materials regarding the assessment, collection, and balances of inmate fees and debt:

• All policies and procedures regarding the goods, services, or any other expenses for which inmates are or may become liable. Please include all policies on the garnishment/disbursement of funds from inmate accounts and wages (such as those related to mandatory saving, mandatory deductions, coverage of care, personal necessities, etc.), as well as all relevant reporting requirements. Please include all relevant data as regards to medical payments, room and board costs, meal fees, stamps and postage, hygienic materials, and any other expenses for which inmates are or may become liable, etc.

• All reports, databases, spreadsheets, or equivalent materials regarding current debts/restitution paid to or owed to this department or any facility/agency under its jurisdiction. Please include all available segregable information (excluding individual personally-identifying elements, as necessary and appropriate), including but not limited to the reason for the debt/fee, the amount of the debt, the facility at which the debt was incurred, whether the debt is held by an inmate in custody or released, any available individual data regarding record of prior release, etc.

If further clarification is necessary, a phone call will happily be arranged.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I would request your response within ten (10) business days.


From: Terri Watkins

All of the policies of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections are currently online at our website at<>.

I will need further information on the second request. Information regarding court fees are not kept by this agency but by the court.

From: Beryl Lipton


What further clarification is needed regarding the second point?

Thanks so much!

From: Terri Watkins

Restitution in Oklahoma is handled through the court . Offenders have accounts they can have family or if they work a job that they can add to but they can’t accumulate debt in the system.

From: Beryl Lipton

Hi Terri,

As always, thanks so much for your help. Could you please clarify your point about inmates being unable to accumulate debt? Does this mean that all hygienic materials, photocopies, medical co-payments, etc. are covered by the DOC?

Have a wonderful evening,

From: Terri Watkins

Hygiene items are provided for indigent offenders. Photocopies on legal cases. Medical copay are the same way…