Jail overcrowding, prisoners released from jail

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Updated: 4/15/2013 9:28 am Published: 4/13/2013 11:00 pm

More prisoners are released from the Tulsa County Jail after unprecedented capacity.

Saturday night, Tulsa County District Judge James Caputo released 25 offenders from jail on state municipal charges and two felony charges.

Judge Caputo tells FOX23 News the majority of offenders released involved misdemeanor traffic, larceny from a retailer and failure to pay on fines. He says the two offenders released on felony charges was possession of controlled drug and because they have not seen a judge and an arraignment date was set, he released them.

On Friday, Tulsa County District Judge William Kellough released six offenders on civil charges involving family and divorce matters.

The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office says there are 1,714 available beds and right now 1,914 inmates booked in the jail. That doesn’t include all the inmates released by Caputo who are still being processed.

Major Shannon Clark with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office says currently there are 17 new intakes on the booking floor brought in the last hour which is slightly lower on a Saturday night which is about 30.

On Friday, the Sheriff issued an order to Tulsa Police that it would temporarily not accept offenders arrested on city misdemeanor crimes unless they are a threat to public safety or the city charges are added on to a felony crime.

Clark says they are reviewing court dates to see who will be released soon and working with judges to identify trends and others who are scheduled to be released.

There are 130 inmates who are being held for extradition in other counties or states.

“Those counties have been notified and given 24 hours. If the county or our Office cannot transport their hold will be released but they will need to set a court date the with the county or state where they have hold charges,” said Clark.

He says Wagoner County picked up eight inmates on Saturday.

The Major says employees from all units including court deputies are working overtime in the jail to help with security.

FOX23 News has also learned the city prosecutor is also reviewing cases.

Since Friday, Tulsa County District judges have released 31 inmates on “PR” bond, which doesn’t required offenders to post bond.

A committee to review the jail overcrowding issue has been meeting for several weeks which includes representatives from the District judges, City judges, District Attorneys, City prosecutor, court clerk, Family and Children Services, Court Services, Tulsa Bondsman Association and law enforcement offices.

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Unwashed Mass - 4/15/2013 1:07 PM
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When they make all those high-profile sweeps for TV news ride-alongs, do they ever think of the overcrowding it causes, or is trying to look tough on crime all that really matters?

Steve In Tulsa - 4/14/2013 12:07 PM
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How many are in for Marijuana? Release them first. Our last three presidents all smoked pot. It should be legal.
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