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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John stout
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John stout

I was an inmate there for four years(from 14 to 18). I was beaten almost every day from both staff members and other inmates. I was raped while there also. So I'm very glad that that place is closed. No one should ever have to go through what I went through while I was there

DCMost
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DCMost

Is it possible for the photographer to contact me? I would like to have permission to use a few of the photographs please? For personal reasons. Thank you.

Joe
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Joe

My brother was locked up there his entire teenage years on a murder charge. They had an age limit on visitations so I didn't get to visit until I was a teenager. My family visited every Sunday (visitation days). I was too young to remember much. I do recall my brother got in an altercation in the shower with fellow inmates. In self-defense he punched an inmate so hard he broke his own hand. A nurse from the facility called my parents privately to inform them that my brother needed triage & to call the center. My brother took his… Read more »

d.sartain
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d.sartain

i learned alot and im still in contact with the guys i was there with..most are in prison at max yards,i think oklahoma should pay some of us for the shit that place did to us

James Boughan
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James Boughan

Thanks so much for the photos it brings back alot of momorys I spent 3 years there many many years ago it wasent easy but realy tought me a good lesson in life when and where I was it Apollo cattage was strict Miss Love ran it a little old black lady she was tuff but showed alot of love we always got cleanest cottage most of the time and that gave us some perks.I remember us with tape on our hands getting any little pieces of lint offf the carpet.The staff were realy good when I was there some… Read more »

tom burns
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tom burns

our house parents in 1976 were olyimpic power lifters and they were awsome. wed get to cook our own breakfast on sun.

Hailey
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Hailey

I've seen how you all have said the staff abused the residents and I'm sorry for that but you'll find comfort in knowing my uncle is a police officer and he is the kindest man I've met in a while , he is also a security guard at many places in the city , if you would like someone to talk to I can hook you up with his info and he would be happy to talk with about your experiences at radar , contact me at lindsborggirl29@gmail.com

Hailey
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Hailey

You could also talk to me if you would like too

Hailey
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Hailey

He might be a little interesting … but he has OCD and sometimes acts a little weird , but he's great at his job and can answer any questions you might have about why they would treat you this way .

Hailey
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Hailey

It looks like a school with prison cells and a pool lol

Hailey
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Hailey

The pictures on the window that the prisoners drew about Jesus gives me hope that maybe when they left Jesus changed them

TOsha
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TOsha

I was once a resident there as well it was a horrible place. I was 16 and pregnant and got denied every time I was supposed to get out for one reason or another. Abuse was a normal thing there and it was such a horrible experience for me.

Hailey
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Hailey

I'm so sorry i hope you and your child are doing great

April
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April

Did anyone know a Patricia Lynn Taylor that was a resident here in the early 80's?? If so, I am her youngest sister looking for her! Please reach out to me at aprilvgentry@gmail.com

April
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April

Looking for a former resident. Patricia Lynn Taylor was her maiden name. I am her youngest sister. She was tall and had red hair. If she sounds familiar please reply to me at ajon2784@yahoo.com.

Former resident
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Former resident

Abuse abuse abuse . Keep it gone

paula
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paula

my husband was in this place for longer than he deserved and now having children of our own saddens me hearing all the horrible stories that happened to him and other kids that attended this place. We have learned that they are conducting a lawsuit against the facility due to these issues. If you or a loved one have been a victim of RADER and would like to discuss what happened please send me an email. Paulasr2008@yahoo.com I am just a normal person not a lawyer or anything official. I just believe that all the kids that were harmed in… Read more »

Sharon
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Sharon

GLAD ITS SHUT DOWN!!!!!!

April
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April

Sharon, did you go to this facility?

mark
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mark

i was there in87-88 and there was fighting every day!! very violent.. the staff could not stop it!! it was not the staffs fault. they were way understaffed!!!! we juveniles were warehoused then. it may have got better but was definately not rehabed. no treatment then at all it was prison… still sad to see it come down. wish i had changed then, did not . am drug free now for four years. did time in a mexican prison… hope kids can have a place to get help and not warehouse them!!!!

former resident
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former resident

I was there back in 1996/1997 and learned a lot. It changed my life and the staff cared for us. I would love for it to be opened again or else open a facility like it one day. If it can change me, then why not open it so it can change another. Every changed life is worth it!!! Give glory to GOD!!!!

Ghostofthelense
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Ghostofthelense

I got in there just before they tore it down, and was in there most the night with another. We shot most of the place before we left. We even got shots of the blue prints of the building. I think they are still posted on UER.

former resident
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former resident

Lets get real here the idea of radar was brilliant but it was not managed correctly this place needs to fixed up and should not goto waste god plz let us come ttogether to save our youth somthin needs to b done

Lex
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Lex

I used to be there to, I fought security, fist fighting I was 15 they where grown. Not only that staff played favorites, kids where being sexually assaulted by other juveniles on certain units it was bad. Tons of blind spots, stayed fighting in there or u got ran over. I got my life together but only the strong made it out of their without being took advantage of, opened my eyes enough that I knew prison wasn't to far off from this place, The day I got out I told myself Im never going back, so far so good.… Read more »

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