Reality Check Program


The mission of the Oklahoma County Detention Center Reality Check Program is to educate youth about the dangers of making wrong decisions and the consequences that follow, also to instill the idea that all of us can be productive citizens in our community.

Guiding Principles

Implementation of the organization's mission will be guided by five principles:
  • Strong leadership at all levels to articulate a vision and inspire a lasting commitment
  • Participants accountability for their behavior and the reasons for referral to the program
  • Ability to let go of ego and distorted thinking, to allow for accountability to take place
  • Ability to discuss struggles in their past and develop plans to prevent continued anti-social behavior
  • Team work and team decision making leading to personal improvement

Process & Outcome Measures

  • The Oklahoma County Detention Center will conduct Reality Check Programming each Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Parents or Guardian will have made arraignments prior to the close of business on that previous Friday, with the Standards and Compliance Unit for their children's participation in the program.
  • All participants in the program must be between the ages of 8 through 17, and must have parental permission to participate.
  • A log book will be maintained at the front desk for all participants to sign in denoting: name, age, gender, address, name of parent or guardian, school or group and primary and secondary contact numbers.
  • Tour will begin in the basement were participants will complete a Boot camp style of orientation.
  • Participants will be educated about the choices that they have made that led them to the program.
  • Participants will be expected to follow all directions during their time in the Detention Center.
  • Each participant will be given a reality tour of the facility to discover "life behind bars" and then spend the last hour discussing why they had made choices that they have made, learning how to implement stop sequences, identifying thinking errors and the development of a safety plan.
  • The conclusion will be spent encouraging parents to participate with their children after the program to encourage the use of their stop sequences and pro-social interventions.
  • Contact will be made at a non designated time to complete a follow up on the child's progress. Each contact will be logged into a file for outcome measures for program success.