The Oklahoma Department of Corrections terminated Joseph Harp Correctional Center Cpl. Tyler Cravens June 6 after an investigation into an incident in which he violated the agency’s code of conduct, use of force policy, and state law.
Cravens’ termination stemmed from a May 12 incident at the medium-security prison for men in Lexington in which he assaulted an inmate.
Cravens was escorting the inmate to his cell with another CO when the corporal confronted the inmate over a previous incident in which the inmate spat on him.
He punched the inmate twice in the face. The inmate, who showed no signs of being aggressive or resisting orders, was seriously injured.
Cravens then lied about what took place in an incident report and to an ODOC investigator.
The Oklahoma Department of Corrections does not tolerate unnecessary use of force, use of physical force to punish inmates, false statements made to its investigators, or violations of state law.
Cravens was hired Oct. 10, 2011.