L.E. Rader Juvenile Detention Center

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City/Town: Sand Springs
Location Class: GovernmentJail
Year Built: 1972
Year Abandoned: September 2011
Status: Demolished
Photojournalist: Billy DixonMichael SchwarzMary Evans

In 1972 The L.E. Rader Detention Center opened in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. Over the years several laws were passed regarding juvenile centers such as Rader. Due to one of the laws passed in 1974 Oklahoma facilities could not accept grants, therefore shielding the state from federal scrutiny.Years later in 2005, U.S. Justice Department officials and experts inspect Rader. This resulted in a lawsuit against the state and the state Office of Juvenile Affairs by failing to protect Rader youths from sexual and physical attacks. Assaults continued at Rader until OJA and Justice Department officials begin a court-ordered settlement conference in 2008. At that point the decided to build a new facility in Ada, citing budget cuts and rising operational costs. In September of 2011 the Rader center closed. Article below goes into detail.

Tulsa World Article – L.E. Rader Center Set To Close

SAND SPRINGS – The L.E. Rader Center in Sand Springs will close Sept. 30, and the state Office of Juvenile Affairs, which operates the juvenile detention facility, has no plans to open a new one. The 50 juvenile offenders who are at Rader will be transferred to other facilities, OJA Executive Director Gene Christian said Wednesday. Rader’s 130 employees also could transfer to other facilities, but OJA also intends to offer voluntary buyouts and have a reduction in force, Christian said. Efforts to modernize the Rader facility, which opened in 1972, were unsuccessful, he said. Once it is empty, the facility will be torn down, he said. Rader’s budget is about $8.4 million, with between $900,000 and $1 million of that amount going for contract beds, Christian said. The Office of Juvenile Affairs is preparing for a 5 percent – or roughly $5 million – budget cut from the Legislature, he said. “There are no funds for any type of new facility,” Christian said. “We are absorbing the cuts by doing this.”

Last July, not enough beds were open at other facilities to transfer the juveniles from Rader, Christian said. However, that has since changed, he said. “I can’t say that juvenile crime is decreasing,” but referrals to the agency are down by about 22 percent, Christian said. The state currently has a total of 70 open beds at the Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center in Tecumseh and at the Southwest Oklahoma Juvenile Center in Manitou. Contract beds outside the state system also could be used to house the juvenile offenders from Rader, he said. About 24 juveniles are in the maximum-security Intensive Treatment Plan at Rader, said Paula Christiansen, an OJA spokeswoman. Christian said the agency hopes to contract with jails or detention centers to provide a more secure setting for the juveniles who need it. Trish Frazier, Oklahoma Public Employees Association policy and research director, noted that “for several years, OJA leadership has discussed the need for more secure beds.” “Closing Rader will put juvenile offenders that require a higher security level in less-secure facilities. In addition, the system will lose beds needed for detention and rehabilitation of troubled youth,” she said.

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anonymous
anonymous
6 years ago

I used to be a juvenile delinquent there a long time ago and I've had a lot of educational memories and learning lessons add I remember when the staff was really respectful andand I have learnt a lot I think that it was a good place for some juveniles that was in the wrong path to straighten their selves up and go to better themselves so I hope its someday that it will open back up

Jimmy Green
Jimmy Green
6 years ago

Hello. I have a 13 year old that needs discipline for his actions.

Henry Kissenger
Henry Kissenger
Reply to  Jimmy Green
3 years ago

And his father is a real genius posting this on a site dedicated to abandoned buildings.

carolyn
carolyn
6 years ago

my brother was sent there when i was fourteen and they garnish my child support checks when he got sent there i think i shouldnt of got punished for his mistakes that wasent right

COLBY
COLBY
7 years ago

WOW… I USED TO BE A RESIDENT THERE ALONG TIME AGO…HOWWOULD I GET PERMISSION TO WALK THE GROUNDS AGAIN?

Dawn
Dawn
Reply to  COLBY
7 years ago

Why would you seriously want to? My time was in 1976. Never would set foot there. I'm very happy it was leveled. Just my thoughts.

Cody
Cody
7 years ago

Very bittersweet seeing my old Unit 4 over on the ITP side. Seems like only yesterday I was walking the ITP halls on my way to the B-ball court. :/

Anonymous
Anonymous
7 years ago

Being a former resident I would say that way less than half of the staff actually cared about us and our treatment progress. Don't get me wrong, I was more than happy to leave when I did (who wouldn't be) but I am very conflicted in my feelings towards the facility being closed. Rader was a huge part of what I consider the end of my childhood, hell, I even had my wisdom teeth pulled during my stay there. I witnessed abuse from staff inflicted upon "unruly" residents that I wish I could forget, and it is true that the… Read more »

jay
jay
Reply to  Anonymous
7 years ago

I have a few questions about a resident that may have stayed here please if u think u can answer my questions then call me at 9182003478 or 9184065299 please please

Dawn
Dawn
Reply to  jay
7 years ago

If you applied a named, just first, and a time frame…. maybe. I've had no luck but you might. Good luck and God bless.

Dawn
Dawn
Reply to  Anonymous
7 years ago

I resided in Aquarious. I had the joy of arriving on my Sweet 16. It was hell from the first day. I'm 49 now and still haunted at times. Forced examinations. I refused. I went to Gemini. I was a virgin and scared. No one cared. I was adjudicated as INS because my 'incubator' severely abused me. Because of my age no foster homes available. Because of my adjudication it was hell. Now it's impossible to find anyone I knew that was human. Total loss of that period of my life except for letters between cottages, a few pics and… Read more »

Jeremy
Jeremy
Reply to  Anonymous
6 years ago

Wow, you think half of them cared, that's a lot of faith. As for me, I went to New Start, and as a result, I was finally able to get out of the system. I spent 3 1/2 years of my juvinille life in institutions. It was only when I escaped and committed a crime, that I was able to finally get out of those places. Working the level system was nearly impossible, but having only 3 months and knowing that I would be getting out in that time, allowed me to finally exit the revolving door

Anonymous
Anonymous
Reply to  Anonymous
5 years ago

I'd like to talk to you!! Violetsandals@gmail.com
I'm working in a facility like this and am having a rough time.

tom burns
tom burns
Reply to  Anonymous
3 years ago

I was there in 1976 and it was a awesome place. ive got fond memories of my time there. Until the day of my evaluation I got in a fight in the gym. Hello OCC taft. which was also pretty cool just a lot bigger. better than Helina id suspect.

jesse
jesse
Reply to  Anonymous
3 years ago

i stayed at the center in apllo cotage sevral times never wonce was mistreated

misty
misty
7 years ago

le rader is gone being demolished now

loco
loco
7 years ago

yea some abuse happened when I was there from April 2000 to October 2002
but it was both sides. There some staff that took their job to heart and their
were some that didn't care the ones that did care helped me. I don't know
how it was after I left . I hate to see it go.

Glen Saunders
Glen Saunders
7 years ago

The waste and abuse here is absolutely unforgivable…..The taxpayers were abused and every child that went through here was denied the care, attention and education necessary to mend and rehabilitate their lives….Politics strikes again and the taxpayer and people suffer for the abuse of trust…….Pathetic….

elizabeth
elizabeth
7 years ago

Just went there myself and took pics.. I believe sandsprings owns it now due to back taxes or something..

deanna
deanna
7 years ago

My son was sentenced to 6 months there and becasue of his brain damage from birth he ended up doing 3 years becasue they weren't equipted to handle brain damage in children therefore they just kept giving him more time amd more time. He was abused by staff adn other inmates. At one time the staff even refused to let me see him after one bad altercation. I personally seen the fingernail marks on his neck where one staff choked him. This place ruined any hopes for my son. The kids and staff knew where the cameras were and just… Read more »

Jeremy
Jeremy
Reply to  deanna
6 years ago

This is sad, but true. I was in this place, but fortunately for me, I was in the New Start program. I did 3 months and was gone. The problem with places like this is that you have to work your way up a level system to get out.
If you want to go up a level, you have to not only behave, but you have to also repel the haters who don't want to see you make it

Hailey
Hailey
Reply to  deanna
4 years ago

I'm sorry that you and your son had to go through that ,ps I like your name it's also my stepmoms name

Patti
Patti
8 years ago

Drove by today. It still stands looking as sad as it can be. If only the building could talk. Sad, sad, sad.

S Daniel
S Daniel
Reply to  Patti
7 years ago

I was a security officer there for a short while but I was fired when I stopped abuse of a juvenile from another officer. I made sure he never did it again but hated to leave for fear of what others might do in my absence. It does me good to know there were some that did well. I often think about that place.

jeremy
jeremy
Reply to  S Daniel
6 years ago

If what you say is true, then I commend you. Forgive me for my doubts, for I was a resident there

Brian
Brian
Reply to  S Daniel
6 years ago

I there from april of 2000 to October 2002 some ssecurity officers would help residents and their are some that abused residents

April
April
Reply to  S Daniel
5 years ago

S Daniel did you know a Patricia Lynn Taylor while you were working there? She was tall and had very red hair. It would have been in the early 80's.

April
April
Reply to  Patti
5 years ago

Were you a former resident? What year did you go there if you were? I am looking for a Patricia Lynn Taylor, she is my oldest sister.

Samantha
Reply to  Patti
4 years ago

Patti,

This is a shot in the dark but I'm looking for someone named Patricia Lynn Taylor born 11/23/65 who may have resided in the facility in the early 80's – is that you?!?! If so… you're family is looking for you!!!

Please contact me – samantha@wesearchtoconnect.com

Chris
Chris
8 years ago

Was there for over three years as a resident crazy to see it look like this I learned a lot while I was there sucks to see it torn down

ETHAN
ETHAN
Reply to  Chris
3 years ago

WHAT U SMOKING THINK GOD THIR TEARING IT DOWN THAT PLACE WAS HELL CUZ!!!!!!!!!

love_this_site
love_this_site
8 years ago

I just drove past this yesterday. There's still a sign for it on the highway that led me to think it was still open, so you can imagine my surprise coming back to this site for the first time in many months and seeing this article.

Can anyone offer any speculation about why, at the end, the place had only 50 residents but 130 employees? It sounds like a tremendous make-work program but I have to say that as an outsider to the machinations of Oklahoma government.

Brian
Brian
Reply to  love_this_site
6 years ago

I think that they the itp aka maximum security units open there were 4 units with 14 beds per unit

Kristi Shields
Kristi Shields
8 years ago

There were no failed attempts to modernize this facility, the OJA Director failed to maintain it and made sure that he could create justification for it's demise, as it was the most up to date facility of all of OJA ,s . Politics and corruption destroyed Rader.

Scott Hannaford
Scott Hannaford
Reply to  Kristi Shields
6 years ago

I agree Ms. Shields. As for my time there, I was there mid '09 until June '10. The staff I had on Mercury were great, they really loved what they did, they saved my life, I have been out for 4 years now, I am married, and except for one misunderstanding, I haven't been in trouble since. Honestly looking at these pictures I can remember walking down those halls, I can remember Medical, and the pool, the cafeteria. Ms. Blythe was one of my teachers. I see these pictures and I am saddened that politics took away the facility that… Read more »

DeLes Carson
DeLes Carson
8 years ago

My husband worked there more than 20 years. It saddens me that the State handled things the way they did regarding the destiny of this facility and it's employees. The State likes to set limitations, which they deem necessary for the good of the youth, but these same limitations directly affected the ability of each juvenile to successfully complete the program. Not strict enough or harsh enough punishments were allowed so the kids would be taught the meaning of consequences to their actions or accountability. It is said that these juveniles safety is a priority…. What about the safety of… Read more »

Dawn
Dawn
Reply to  DeLes Carson
7 years ago

As a resident….. The abuse I endured did not justify anything. I was not a delinquent and yet I was treated like one. The staff turned their heads so the "Favorites" could run the cottages. Typical political BS. There were so many cover ups.

Brian
Brian
Reply to  Dawn
6 years ago

Dawn I agree with you I got abused by security and nothing happened to the security officer that did I got threatened to say it didn't happen I had bruises and marks to prove it

Noe' Ponce
Noe' Ponce
Reply to  DeLes Carson
4 years ago

Mr. Carson is your husband. I was there in 97 and was in his new start program. I was from Fairview Ok, Would love to say hello and let him know I am doing great now. He was a good man even have some old pics before I left.

Tom Burns
Tom Burns
Reply to  DeLes Carson
3 years ago

I was there in 76 and the staff was amazing! House parents were Olympic power lifters. the training facility was in Sand Springs.I actually have fond memories of D&E. Just saying.

Norma
Norma
Reply to  DeLes Carson
7 months ago

no hate or anything but, the state closed Hissom because the institution was abusing disable kids. the state handled it in a very good manner. I bet you didn’t know this but over 800 disable kids were SEVERELY injured at Hissom. Just think about it as if it was your own kid who was getting abuse.

Christina
Christina
8 years ago

Makes me wanna cry… Lots of great memories there…

Jessie
Jessie
8 years ago

Wow! My mom worked there for years! Sad to see it in this shape.

Brian
Brian
Reply to  Jessie
6 years ago

Where did your mom work and her last name

coleman
coleman
8 years ago

do you know when it's scheduled to be torn down? also, do you know who owns it?

Emily
Emily
8 years ago

WOW! Wonderful photography and very cool place! Keep up the good work! 😀

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