Jail Series articles

A graduate student in Harvard University's public policy program, Adam Luck, stands next to the Oklahoma County Jail, 10-8-15.  (Mark Hancock)

County Jail Series: Leaders look to Texas for ways to improve criminal justice system

County Jail Series: Leaders look to Texas for ways to improve criminal justice system

Editor’s note: This is the seventh and final installment of an ongoing series about Oklahoma County Jail, its development and history, ongoing structural issues and possible remedies. Visit okgazette.com for ongoing coverage and more of this story. Nearly anyone you ask who works in Oklahoma’s criminal justice system will tell you the state’s system needs have

County Jail site plan and photos collage, in the Engineering Department inside the County Office Building.  mh

County Jail Series: A 2009 agreement showed jail lacked proper staffing, space, security, health care and more

Lack of appropriate holding space, natural lighting, recreational areas and staffing require additional funding to remedy, which would likely require an additional sales tax vote. Whetsel said that also means a new structure must be built.

County Jail site plan and photos collage, in the Engineering Department inside the County Office Building. (Mark Hancock)

Oklahoma City-County Jail: Flaws were built into current jail, tax vote for new facility might come soon

Accountability. More than anything else, this dominates Oklahoma County’s elected leaders’ thoughts as they and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce ponder the possibility of calling an election asking voters to consider two jail-related proposed sales taxes.

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