Overcrowding continues to plague jail


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Reported by: Janai Norman
Updated: 4/15/2013 12:18 pm Published: 4/15/2013 10:56 am


Overcrowding continued to a problem at the Tulsa County Jail Monday morning. The jail has room for 1,714 inmates, and was booked with 1,905 inmates, forcing some to sleep on cots and others to be sent home.

“There were 185 people released, the problem is there was 165 additional people brought in,” Major Shannon Clark told FOX23 News.

District Judges have released those inmates booked for minor charges, like Demicio Bosseol. FOX23’s Janai Norman caught up with Bosseol after being held for five days.

“They picked me up for some fines,” Bosseol said. “Yeah, failure to pay.”

“They have very, very minor crimes, code enforcement, animal at large, and those kinds of things,” Maj. Clark says.

Right now, even crossing the street outside of a crosswalk could land you in jail. It’s considered jay-walking and could cost tax payers more than $200.

Kathleen Bowman says her boyfriend was picked up for just that—jay-walking.

“A hundred dollar ticket for walking on the wrong side of the street,” she says.

Major Clark says it costs taxpayers $237 just to book and process these petty crimes, and keeping these offenders in jail for just one day racks up at $59 dollar bill, and only adds to the overcrowding.

Bosseol says he was booked in at 12:23, but “I didn't make it to a pod until 9:30 or 10:00.”

“I sat in booking all night.”

“Just because it's that crowded,” Norman asked.

“Just because it's that's crowded,” Bosseol responded. “Yes, it's that packed.”

He says along with 24 other inmates in his pod, he was forced to sleep on the floor due to overcrowding. Major Clark says they’re trying to bring down the number of inmates as best they can, with little results so far.

“What we've asked the city to do is just temporarily, if they would stop bringing in those really, really minor crimes and issue them a citation. Let them go to court, do something other than incarcerate them.”

He says about 200 inmates are schedule for court today, but he says there's no guarantee any of them will be released.

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siegelfire - 4/16/2013 7:00 AM
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@ihatetpd and unwashed....WOW!!!! How about not breaking all the laws, or not interfering when they are attempting to do their jobs. If you will remember, it was a "minor" traffic offense that snagged Tim Mcvey. If you really feel this strongly about the TPD, is it a very good idea to post your hatred for them on the net?

ihatetpd420 - 4/15/2013 2:42 PM
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maybe if tpd didnt arrest people for petty s*** that they could write them a ticket for it wouldnt be so overcrowded.. unfortunately, however, tulsa cops like to prove their superiority by sending anyone to jail that they possibly can or who doesnt get down on their knees and kiss the cops a**. i really love my tax money providing their checks to see literally 10+ cops sitting at the light at 51st and garnett pulling people over for turning left when you can barely even see the sign that says no left turn. tulsa is rampant with drug addicts and criminals and thats what were using our resources on and taxpayers are footing the bill. its total and complete bulls***. tpd sucks. they are the worst. they are all corrupt and rude and have napolean complexes. i have never had problems with cops in any other county, city, state, ANYWHERE... like i have here. if you arent a big tittied soccer mom who doesnt mind flirting with a piece of s*** perverted dirty cop you're f****d. end of story.

Unwashed Mass - 4/15/2013 1:11 PM
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They also need to crack down on "bad attitude" arrests, where someone is jailed for "interfering" because an officer was annoyed.

Unwashed Mass - 4/15/2013 1:08 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?
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