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Jail improvements needed

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Reported by: Lynn Casey
Updated: 1/15 9:57 pm Published: 1/15 9:54 pm

In April, Tulsa voters will decide whether to extend a sales tax to expand the jail and build a new juvenile justice center.

"Upkeep on this building is astronomical. We have pipes that bust. We have water seeping up into the building on the inside," said Shonn Harrold, assistant director of Tulsa Juvenile Justice Center.

The center isn't just having infrastructure problems; the building is bursting at the seems. Even the parking lot is 50 to 100 spaces short of what they need on a daily basis.

"We've outgrown this, not just the facility itself, but also the area that it's built on. We can't go up, we can't go out. It's all we have now," said Harrold.

This building is made for 50 employees, and caseworkers, public defenders, judges and district attorneys are running out of room.

There are about 150 of them now and they're storing files in the hallways and getting creative about space, by turning a broom closet into an office.

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