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Given state policy choices regarding corrections, Tulsa sheriff's concerns are sure to continue

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Modified: July 12, 2013 at 6:00 pm •  Published: July 15, 2013

Many county jails are OK with housing state inmates because they get funding from the state for their efforts. In the case of Tulsa County, however, the reimbursement rate of $27 per day, per inmate, isn't even half what it costs to house them, Undersheriff Tim Albin says.

Even so, the county isn't looking to rid itself of all state inmates. Instead, it wants a requirement that DOC inmates are sent packing once they're judged and sentenced. The jail regularly houses state inmates “for weeks and months” after that has occurred, Glanz says.

DOC counters that moving them out right away isn't easy, in part because the prisons are near capacity but also because the available beds must match the security level of the incoming inmate. Albin says the sheriff's office is simply trying to keep the jail population manageable, to better serve the inmates and jail employees. “DOC overcrowding is not our problem,” he said.

Most at the Legislature feel the exact same way. Until this changes, which is highly unlikely any time soon, nothing else will.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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