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The City of Tulsa and the Tulsa County Sheriff have reached an agreement for inmates over the municipal jail’s limit to be held at the county jail.

The city jail has 25 beds for men and five for women, and it can hold people for up to 10 days on local charges like public intoxication or shoplifting. Tulsa Police Capt. Richard Meulenberg said TPD previously had agreements to take prisoners over the municipal jail’s limit to facilities outside of Tulsa County.

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With attorneys and loved ones prohibited from visiting detainees at the Tulsa County Jail due to the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus, the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office says it is waiving video visitation fees for communications between attorneys and clients in custody. 

The Tulsa County Board of Commissioners on Monday approved an amendment to the county’s contract with Tech Friends, Inc., the Arkansas-based company that manages the jail’s video visitation system.

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A medical examiner's report has classified the Jan. 6 death of a woman in Tulsa's municipal jail as accidental.

An autopsy found heart disease and cocaine toxicity likely caused Lawanda Ward's death, with pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease also contributing, the Tulsa World reported.

On this edition of ST, we learn about Tulsa's Center for Employment Opportunities (or CEO). CEO is a nationwide nonprofit that helps people who've just come out of prison find jobs and/or acquire skills and training. The Tulsa CEO branch opened in 2011; our guest is Adrienne Yandell, who directs the Tulsa outlet. Per the CEO Tulsa website: "CEO guarantees every participant who completes a one-week job-readiness orientation up to four days a week of transitional work on a crew and daily pay -- a critical asset during an important time.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we're discussing court fees, court fines, collection costs, and other court-related expenses, which, all told, make up somewhere between 80 and 90 percent of the budget for the State of Oklahoma's court system. Therefore, and quite regrettably, our state's jails are by now brimming with people whose only "crime" is being unable to pay such costs.

Women are the fastest-growing prison population group in the United States today -- and the State of Oklahoma, tragically, puts women in prison at twice the national rate. On this edition of ST, we check in with the non-profit organization known as Still She Rises, a public defender office based here in our community that's dedicated to representing North Tulsa mothers within the criminal justice system. Still She Rises, which began operations in Tulsa about a year ago, grew out of a similar group in NYC known as The Bronx Defenders.

New Company Gets Jail Medical Contract

Oct 24, 2016
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A new company is chosen to provide medical care for Tulsa jail inmates. Oklahoma City based Turn Key Medical will be the new provider. A special selection committee made the recommendation, and County leaders approved. Purchasing Director Linda Dorrell says it isn’t only about the money, it’s about providing the best care for inmates, but the county will save money with the Turn Key contract, a little over $300,000 a year. Also more medical staff will be provided.

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The State of Oklahoma continues to top nationwide stats regarding the number of people it incarcerates. According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, our state ranks second in the nation in its rate of incarceration at 700 per every 100,000 people; the national average is 471. Oklahoma also imprisons women at the highest rate in the country -- at a rate that's more than twice the national average. Come early November, voters statewide will consider two initiatives aimed at reversing these shameful and embarrassing trends.

On this installment of StudioTulsa, we learn about Poetic Justice, an ongoing writing project for incarcerated women at the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center in Tulsa. This writing-workshop program began about 18 months ago and has been very popular from the outset. Our guest is Ellen Stackable, a high school English and World Studies teacher at the Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences, who directs the program and serves as one of its educators.

What to do About too Many Mentally Ill Inmates

Aug 31, 2015
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There are too many mentally ill inmates in jail and prison who should be in a diversion or treatment program elsewhere. Tulsa County is tackling the problem by joining the national ‘Stepping Up’ initiative.

Juvenile Bureau Chief and former Department of Corrections Director Justin Jones is one of those helping form an action plan for the county. He says government can’t do it alone, there aren’t enough resources, so community and non-profits will be part of the effort.

A study will analyze gaps in mental health treatment and how best to use resources in efficient ways.

Sheriff Seeks to Capture Use Tax Funds

Aug 10, 2015
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A change is made to try and capture more money for the Tulsa County jail. County leaders adopt a resolution assigning jail expansion use taxes to a contribution fund for jail operations. Sheriff Stanley Glanz says previously the use tax dollars have gone for fairgrounds improvements. He says they should be going to jail operations instead.

Glanz says it could mean several thousand dollars a year more for a jail budget that is financially strapped, and could use every dollar.

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After weeks of sniping over who should control jail funds, an interlocal agreement is signed by the Criminal Justice Authority, but not before more fireworks.

The deal outlines how jail funds will be administered, but it’s not to the liking of mayors in some communities, and they argued for amendments today, changes the county’s attorney said he would recommend against accepting. The deciding vote came from Glenpool’s Vice Mayor Momadou Ceesay, who wanted to end the stalemate.

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One-on-one negotiations between County Commissioner Ron Peters and Tulsa City Manager Jim Twombly appear to have finally overcome arguments on a jail deal. Peters says there is agreement on all issues that had been holding up a contract for months.

Peters expects involved parties will review the terms and, barring any last minute snags, he believes an agreement on a contract will be reached this week, probably by Wednesday.

Tulsa County Leaders Okay Higher Municipal Inmate Rate

Feb 2, 2015
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Tulsa County leaders okay a new, higher rate for municipal inmates in the jail. Ron Peters led negotiations for the county in recent contentious talks over what the city of Tulsa should pay for inmates. He says the new resolution changes rates because the U-S Marshal’s Service now pays more, $69 a day per inmate, and negotiators agreed to pay whatever the Marshal’s Service pays. City leaders haven’t signed off on the jail deal, still disputing several aspects of the contract. County Commission Chair John Smaligo voted against the $69 rate, but not because he agrees with the city of Tulsa.

Tulsa City Leaders are Invited to Jail

Nov 10, 2014

Sheriff’s officers want Tulsa elected leaders to take a tour and see for themselves what court guard and court services do. Undersheriff Tim Albin believes city leaders are laboring under a misunderstanding of what the guards actually do. He says their jobs are just an extension of the jail services.

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Negotiations continue on a jail contract between the County and the city of Tulsa, but neither side is budging much from earlier positions. With the current contract now expired, Sheriff Stanley Glanz says bills are being compiled for Tulsa’s municipal inmates, and they’re adding up fast.

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Tulsa County leaders establish daily jail costs and booking fees, and argue over what the city will pay for a one month extension of the jail contract. The current agreement between the city of Tulsa and County’s been extended through October, but Commissioner John Smaligo isn’t happy with what the city will pay for housing inmates during the extra month. He says the city’s offer of $50-thousand for the one month is unrealistic, and should be based on the rates set by the county. Other commissioners agreed to the city offer for the month extension.

On this edition of ST, we learn about the Lobeck Taylor Family Advocacy Clinic at the TU College of Law, which is, per its web page, "an intensive, one-semester course that offers students the unique opportunity to gain hands-on lawyering experience and explore the ethical, strategic, and theoretical dimensions of legal practice.

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Prison overcrowding is, unfortunately, a well-known nationwide phenomenon. It's also a familiar and quite serious problem here in our own backyard, as it were, and thus many local residents feel that if we don't step up and take action, it's only going to worsen --- that is, it'll go from very bad to even worse. On Tuesday, April 1st, Tulsa County voters will be asked to consider two sales-tax initiatives.

A Conversation with Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz

Jan 15, 2014
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There's been a lot of talk lately about Tulsa County's seriously over-crowded jail and its woefully under-funded juvenile justice system. Thus certain Tulsa County officials are currently holding --- that is, this week and next --- a series of public meetings all over the county in order to a.) explain these separate yet related problems, and b.) make the case for a .067-cent tax, which the officials say will fix these issues. Our guest on ST is Stanley Glanz, who's served as the Sheriff of Tulsa County since 1989.

Tulsa Sheriff Seeks Injunction Against the State DOC

Jul 9, 2013
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The Tulsa Sheriff goes to court to try and force the state to take those inmates ready for Department of Corrections custody. Stanley Glanz is seeking an injunction against DOC Director Justin Jones.

The affidavit filed in Tulsa District Court by Glanz states of the current jail population of more than 18-hundred…129 are DOC-ready inmates “that the DOC refuses to schedule and receive into custody.” Glanz says that’s a big reason why the jail population has exceeded capacity for more than four months.

Tulsa Jail Again Accepting Municipal Inmates

Apr 19, 2013

The Tulsa jail is back to normal operations, once again taking inmates arrested on just municipal charges. The switch was made last night after the prisoner population was reduced to 1725. The Sheriff's Office had stopped accepting those on municipal charges only after the numbers topped 1900. Since then, various methods have been used to reduce the population in the Moss Center, but officials say they're searching for a more permanent solution, which may include renegotiating the contract with the city of Tulsa.

Jail illnesses still a mystery

May 14, 2012

After an exhaustive investigation, authorities haven’t found anything that would have caused the mass sickness experienced at the Tulsa jail last week. Sheriff’s Sargeant Shannon Clark says no evidence of chemical or carbon monoxide poisoning has been discovered to explain what caused nearly 40 people…most of them students on a field trip…to be treated for nausea.