|Updated: 4/30 9:05 am
||Published: 4/26 9:40 pm
The Tulsa County Criminal Justice Authority created a task force designed to review the county jail’s overcrowding problem.
FOX23 News has been reporting since last fall that the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center has been overcrowded. In mid April it had more than 1,900 inmates, then local judges released some inmates on municipal charges. As of Thursday there were 1,795.
The jail can only hold 1,714. It has 81 inmates who are sleeping on cots because the jail has run out of beds, and according to a deputy that does not include the beds that need repairs.
“I am concerned we could reach 2,000 inmates by the summer,” said Tulsa County Commissioner Fred Perry.
The task force was created Friday morning during an executive meeting.
It will be made up of city leaders including, Tulsa County commissioner Fred Perry, the Tulsa police chief Chuck Jordan, Mayor Dewey Bartlett, City Council Chairman David Patrick, Sheriff Stanley Glanz, City of Tulsa Finance Director Mike Kier, Tulsa County Finance Director Tom Gerard, two members of the jail sales tax oversight committee and a couple other appointees.
The task force will address reducing jail costs, reducing the inmate population without posing a threat to public safety and reviewing the Tulsa city’s contract over municipal prisoners.