• Tulsa Sobering Center celebrating first year in operation

    By: Preston Jones , Ryan Love

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    TULSA, Okla. - Quick Facts:

    • The Tulsa Sobering Center is celebrating its first year in operation and looking forward to the second year.
    • Mayor G.T. Bynum and Tulsa City Council approved funding for the jail diversion program that connects adults who suffer from alcoholism and addictions to counseling and rehabilitation programs.
    • Mayor Bynum, officials from 12 & 12, Inc., and the Tulsa Police Department held a news conference to share results and upcoming goals on Wednesday.
    • FOX23 streamed the news conference LIVE on the FOX23 News App. DOWNLOAD the free app to watch live events on smartphones and streaming devices.

    The City of Tulsa and 12 & 12, Inc. celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Tulsa Sobering Center's opening Wednesday morning.

    Mayor G.T. Bynum, 12 & 12 officials, and the Tulsa Police Department held a news conference Wednesday to look back on the Sobering Center's first year in operation as well as to look toward its upcoming goals.

    The jail diversion program connects adults who suffer from alcoholism and addictions to counseling and rehabilitation programs.

    In the first year, 286 officers brought individuals detained for public intoxication to the Tulsa Sobering Center instead of jail. It's a much faster process, and they estimate they saved officers about 3,000 hours.

    The center saw 767 Tulsans choose its program versus going to jail. Only 47 of those visited the center twice.

    The City of Tulsa pays $250,00 a year for the sobering center.


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