Tulsa city councilors approve plan for new city jail

Tulsa city councilors approve plan for new city jail

TULSA, Okla. — A proposal was approved by Tulsa City Council Wednesday to send inmates in Tulsa Police custody to the Okmulgee County Jail and build a new city jail.

The agreement seeks to cut down on the Tulsa County Jail while improvements are made

The Okmulgee jail says it can hold up to 50 Tulsa inmates, and would do so at a rate of about $48 per day

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Mayor GT Bynum's office said they discussed their recommendation during a Wednesday special meeting with City Council

"I want them to hear this proposal directly from me first and will therefore not have any comment prior to that meeting. I will be available for comment after that meeting concludes on Wednesday," Bynum said.

Bynum posted the entire proposal to his Facebook page on Wednesday:

For more than two decades, the City and County have had disagreements over the use of the jail. Every day spent arguing...

Posted by Mayor GT Bynum on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

According to the agreement, "the City plans to utilize the current Court Holding Facility at the City of Tulsa Police-Courts Building for the new lock-up facility and hire 16 detention officers and two-sworn Tulsa Police Department supervisors to manage the facility."

Tulsa County Sheriff Vic Regalado said he had no part in the negotiations and he worries it could be a fiscally irresponsible move that could negative impact on citizens.

He said he has safety concerns about the commute to and from Okmulgee, but he does not believe the loss of city inmates would deal a critical financial impact to the jail.

The sheriff estimated that city inmates make up approximately 10 percent of the jail's population.

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