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Ownership of a privately-operated Oklahoma Department of Corrections ODOC halfway house near Tulsa has changed hands in the midst of at least two lawsuits and possible criminal charges stemming from allegations that the owner of a sandwich shop routinely subjected female work release prisoners to sexual harassment and abuse.
The complaints allege that employees with Avalon Correctional Services, which operates the Turley Residential Center, knew about the sexual misconduct but continued to send women to the business in return for kickbacks from the owner.
The sub shop abruptly closed after the police raid, according to the complaint. Her lawsuit followed an earlier complaint filed against Avalon and other defendants in August by at least five women who made similar allegations against Kia. Spencer Bryan, who filed the complaint against Oklahoma City-based Avalon. The newspaper also reported that programs on faith, success and self-esteem run by certain volunteers had been banned from Turley while staff allowed other volunteers to hawk lingerie, sex toys and beauty products to residents.
The Turley Residential Center is not the only Avalon facility to come under scrutiny for alleged misconduct. InODOC took the unprecedented step of ordering the company to close the bed Avalon Correctional Center ACC in the wake of allegations that guards had staged fights between prisoners.
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