US Justice Department to inspect Oklahoma jail
The Associated Press and The Oklahoman - December 27, 2017 9:09 am
(Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com)
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The U.S. Justice Department is planning to inspect an Oklahoma jail next year despite opposition from county commissioners.
The Oklahoman reports that an attorney in the department’s civil rights division wrote in November that they anticipate touring the Oklahoma County jail “in the early part of next year.” The decision comes after county commissioners voted unanimously to deny the department’s request to inspect the jail Nov. 6-10. Some critics have asked why anyone would want to deny an inspection unless they have something to hide.
Depending on the inspection’s results, the federal government could seek in court to take over the jail. The federal takeover likely would mean the required construction of a new jail, at a high cost to taxpayers.
Commissioners say they oppose the inspection because of concerns it will disrupt the implementation of new solutions to overcrowding and other issues at the facility.