Tulsa city officials tour new municipal jail, which opens Thursday

Posted at 11:09 AM, Feb 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-28 12:45:44-05

TULSA -- After months of planning and years of battling with Tulsa County, the city is opening a municipal jail Thursday to hold low-risk inmates. The new jail is inside the municipal police and court building.

The county used to hold inmates here before taking them for their court appearance. It will begin accepting prisoners at midnight. 

That’s one of the ways the mayor says the new jail will be more efficient.

The city says inmates won’t have to wait days to be transported from the county jail to be arraigned Instead, it can be done in a matter of hours.

Also, the jail is expected to reduce police officers’ time in booking an inmate, a process that would take an average of 90 minutes at the County jail.

Inmates will spend no more than 10 days. The jail will hold about 30 female and male prisoners.

The jail will start holding inmates at midnight.

It will take about 1.5 million dollars to operate the facility.

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