Tulsa County jail getting more beds to deal with overcrowding

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Updated: 5/08/2013 11:48 am Published: 5/08/2013 11:47 am

The Tulsa County Jail is getting more beds to deal with overcrowding.

This is a story FOX23 has been covering since December. On Monday, FOX23 went inside the jail and found out detention officers are working overtime because of the number of inmates.

County commissioners have approved an additional 200 portable beds and 60 bunk beds to make sure the jail is better-prepared for any influx of new inmates.

“The way the jail is designed, it only has so many manufactured beds and that's 1,714. Our population has been consistently been around 18-hundred and at that one point in time we got up to nearly 2,000. As you can imagine, we are struggling for bed space," said Major Shannon Clark.

Commissioners are concerned the jail could once again top 2-thousand inmates this summer.

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Mayor Maynot - 5/8/2013 8:35 PM
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Put the misdemeanor offenders in a tent city outside the jail. Use NG for security with orders of shoot to kill if any try to escape. P

Mayor Maynot - 5/8/2013 8:31 PM
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Whoever the idiot is that (writes) these news articles without checking to see if their work is done properly needs to spend time in detention for being a baaad no good writer!!!
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