Tulsa County Jail over capacity

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Updated: 9/04/2013 4:59 pm Published: 9/04/2013 4:58 pm

The Tulsa County Jail is over capacity, again.

FOX23 checked with the sheriff's office and found the jail is 120 inmates over capacity due in part to an undercover operation by the sheriff's office.

The warrant sweep was done Tuesday at Park Community Center. Members of the violent crimes task force went inside these gates and arrested 15 people and cleared 37 warrants.

Temporary beds and mattresses had to be brought out to make room for the extra inmates. FOX23 talked to Maj. Shannon Clark with the sheriff's office about why the warrant sweep was executed on a day the jail was already packed.

"Just because the jail is overcrowded doesn't mean public safety stops," he said.

Clark said there have been reports of violent crimes and larceny in this area and the violent crime task force needed to step in.

"We did very well in less than one hour. We found our targets very quickly and brought them here," he said.

Clark said task force members could have made more arrests, but knowing the jail was over capacity they stopped.

"We took a lot of officers and deputies off the streets and we left them holding at the jail and when we have that situation, we don't want to bring on more than we can handle," he said.

Clark said it wasn't just the warrant sweep, but also the holiday weekend. Court was closed Monday, which meant inmates had to wait longer to see a judge.

Also federal prisoners were transported there.

The sheriff's office is hoping the numbers will dwindle by the end of the week. Officials are hoping for permanent relief in April, when voters could see a sales tax on the ballot that will lead to improvements here.

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