Govt. Panel says Trust, not Sheriff, should run Oklahoma County Jail
The Associated Press and The Oklahoman - April 20, 2019 8:48 am
(Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com)
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A panel of government officials and community leaders has voted to establish a nine-member trust to manage the operation and finances of the aging Oklahoma County Jail.
The Oklahoman reports that the county’s Criminal Justice Advisory Council endorsed the move Thursday. Under the trust model, a private contractor would operate the jail and hire a new manager. Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office currently oversees the 13-story jail.
The Board of County Commissioners, which controls the jail’s budget, is expected to consider next week whether to approve the takeover.
County commissioner Kevin Calvey has repeatedly accused Sheriff P.D. Taylor of mismanagement at the jail. Taylor denies the accusations.
In March, a judge ordered a mandatory check of inmates after one detainee was lost in the system for nearly eight months.