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Records: Tulsa Sheriff's Office Under-Reported Inmate Injuries

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma sheriff's agency appears to have under-reported the number of inmates seriously injured in the county jail.

Records show that the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office filed no reports of serious inmate injuries to the state Health Department from 2013-2015.

Records from the Emergency Medical Services Authority, an ambulance provider, show 60 reports of inmates being transported from jail to hospitals during that period.

The Tulsa World examined EMSA records from 2011 to the middle of this year and found there were 99 inmate transports due to assaults and other traumatic injuries.

The sheriff's office reported 13 serious injuries to the state in that span.

Chief Deputy Michelle Robinette says her agency isn't required to report transports for heart attacks, births or other health issues related to an injury.