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Mayor Pushes For Tulsa Drunk Tank

Oklahoma ENDUI

With just a few months left in office, Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett has a new goal. He wants to create a Tulsa Inebriation Facility—better known as a drunk tank. 

The Mayor says when police arrest someone for public intoxication, officers spend hours trying to get them booked into the jail. He says those delays, sometimes up to six hours on the weekend, keep officers off the street. Plus, the city of Tulsa pays for inmates incarcerated in the Tulsa County Jail.

Bartlett's this would give them a place to sober up and get psychological help without getting a court record. He stress this would not apply to DUI or anyone committing another crime, such as a bar fight.

He says the facility could be entirely outsourced and the city would save money over the jail and in officers' wasted time.