Murder victim's mother petitions against Okla. Dept. of Corrections

MARSHALL COUNTY, OK -- In December of last year, Joshua Scott was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of first degree murder.
He was sent to the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, then moved to a medium security facility -- Mack Alford Correctional Center. Wednesday, Scott was transferred to another medium security facility in Hominy.

News12's Ashley Park spoke to officials about why, and a victim's mother, who says this murderer needs to be in a maximum security prison.

Tara Woodlee was outraged when she learned her daughter's killer, Joshua Scott, had been moved to not just one medium security prison but two.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections explains what was behind the moves.

In December of 2013, Joshua Scott was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the July 2012 murders of Chad Page, Ashleigh Lindsey, and her unborn baby.

Lindsey's mother, Tara Woodlee, says she was relieved until she learned that Scott had been transferred from the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester to Mack Alford Correctional Center, a medium security facility in Stringtown, then to Dick Conner Correctional Center in Hominy.

"He has certain rights and privileges that we don't think he should have considering the depth of what he had done," Woodlee said.

Public Information Officer, Jerry Massie, says the Department of Corrections has a classification system that helps them decide where to house inmates.

He says the system takes into account the severity of the inmate's crime, their sentence length, behavior, among other factors.

Massie says Scott did not have the required amount of points to keep him in a maximum security facility.

"Murder convictions carry a serious type of weight but the main key is are they in a secure facility," Massie said.

According to the DOC policies and procedures, inmates are evaluated on a "Custody Assessment Scale" that takes into account Severity of Convictions, Serious Offense History, and Escape History.

Woodlee says although Scott was convicted on three counts of first degree murder, she was told he only receives points for one of those convictions.

"The crime is serious whether it's one or three," Massie said. "You get appropriate points for that. The offense is the same."

Woodlee says she believes the legal system failed the victims because Scott could have gotten more "points" if he was convicted of other charges brought against him, but the victims' families agreed to drop those charges as part of a plea bargain.

"We were told it was just as good as the death penalty but no it's not because he's not locked up as severely as he should have been," Woodlee said.

Now Woodlee has started a petition, calling on Governor Mary Fallin to investigate and change the DOC's procedures regarding the classification system.

She says although Scott is behind bars, he needs to stay in a max facility.

"I'm Ashleigh's mom," Woodlee said. "I wouldn't act any different if she was alive than I do today. I fought for her every minute of her life. Just because she passed away, I don't quit being her mom."

You can access Woodlee's petition at this link. Click Here

You can log on to Woodlee's Facebook page at here

To access the Oklahoma Department of Corrections Policies and Procedures here


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