With Oklahoma Prisons Near Capacity, County Jails Are Filling Up, Too


While the Oklahoma Department of Corrections struggles with 99 percent occupancy in its prisons, Tulsa County and other places are feeling the effects of prison-ready inmates taking up valuable space in their jails, reports the Tulsa World. “Whenever we hit 230 (inmates) during a warrant sweep last year, we were filled to the gills,” Rogers County Undersheriff John Sappington said.

The Rogers County Jail in Claremore has the space to accommodate 250 prisoners, but that doesn’t mean it has enough beds, blankets or other necessities, Sappington said. “We also don’t have the staff to house 250 inmates,” he said. “We’ve lost (staff) due to them walking back and seeing all the inmates and saying, ‘This isn’t for me.’ ”

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