Prison overcrowding issues, especially those in Oklahoma, have certainly changed since Battenfield was convicted of murder three decades ago.
In Oklahoma, swelling prison ranks are causing some inmates to languish in county jails for months, at times, before being transferred to state prisons to serve their sentences.
The issue, described by prison officials as county jail backlog, cost the state Corrections Department roughly $20 million in 2012.
A recent count of inmates in county jails awaiting transfer to state prisons totaled 1,700, a figure that has ballooned over the past decade.
The backlog issue has become a popular topic at county commissioners across the state.
Elected officials have complained publicly that inmates bound for state prisons are stretching resources at county jails. The Corrections Department, which pays counties $27 per day to house prison-bound men and women, doesn't reimburse the counties until after the inmate leaves.
The Corrections Department also pays for qualifying medical expenses, which is included in a 2007 law that set the per diem rate.
In June, Bryan County officials filed a lawsuit against the state Corrections Department over the issue. The suit isn't seeking money damages.
Instead, the county's attorney has asked an Oklahoma County district judge to determine what should happen if the per diem rate isn't enough to cover the cost of an inmate's incarceration in county jail.
The lawsuit is pending, court records show.
According to Cleveland County jail records, Battenfield is still in custody at the new jail on Franklin Road.