TULSA - Friday, The Tulsa County Jail is still over capacity, but deputies are no longer turning away inmates.
The jail has been operating over their maximum capacity for months now, but until the inmate numbers reach nearly 2,000 as they did last week, officials say they can still operate efficiently.
Here's a breakdown of just how many inmates are in custody.
On average, the daily population for the 2013 is 1,807.
As of Friday, 1,757 inmates were in custody.
The official capacity is 1,714.
Here's a breakdown of who was there on as of April 17.
Nearly 80 percent of the inmates are being held on felony charges.
About 10 percent on misdemeanor charges, 14 percent on federal, and less than a percentage point for municipal charges.
Once the inmate population hit nearly 2,000, jail officials say that's when they hit a wall and could no longer can add more.
Which is why they temporarily turned away municipal inmates. After a judicial review, they also released about 200 inmates.
According to Maj. Shannon Clark with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, most of those inmates were in custody for failing to pay the fine associated with their charge.
"The judges still take public safety as their main purpose and interest and they are not going to let somebody out of jail that could pose a threat or harm to our community," he said.
The jail is again accepting municipal inmates, but it is an ongoing problem and the impact goes beyond the jail.
The 2NEWS Investigators have obtained hundreds of documents detailing the jail's overcrowding issues.
Stay with 2NEWS in the coming weeks as we begin digging through them and look at causes and possible solutions for a problem that seems to only be getting worse.
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