Oklahoma County Jail Trust Approves Proposal for New $300 Million Facility

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – On Monday afternoon, the Oklahoma County jail trust was approved a proposal for a new prison worth nearly 300 million dollars.

Nicole Young told News 4: “He even put in there, giving the news, very important,” Nicole Young said.

She was talking about a sealed envelope filled with bedbugs from inside her husband’s cell at the Oklahoma County Jail. He mailed it to her last week.

envelope from inside the Oklahoma County Jail containing a bag of bed bugs

“It was chaotic there,” Young said. “Once he opened the bread and saw that there were bed bugs stuck to the bread. No one deserves to eat like that.”

Officials at prison told KFOR to return on November 10NS that they have increased their investment in pest treatment to $10,000 a month, and that they now have a thermal warehouse that applies heat to items infested by bedbugs, killing larvae and eggs.

However, Young doesn’t think he’s done enough to combat the problem.

“You’re hearing one story versus another, and now you’re actually seeing it,” she said, pointing to the bedbugs.

On Monday afternoon, the prison trust, the body that runs the prison, heard from members of the public association as they weighed options for building a new prison.

“We don’t trust you. I hope that you all really consider this,” Christopher Johnston said in public comment.

“Our office believes that really a prison is the way to go,” said Joy Turner, an attorney with the Oklahoma Disability Law Center.

Propose from the Criminal Justice Advisory Council, CJAC, included three different options for a new facility. It includes a mental health treatment area, which is currently lacking, on-site courtrooms and plenty of space to combat the severe overcrowding problem of the prison.

The motion passed with a score of 7-0.

A new prison will cost about $300 million. Funding options include using the county’s $150 million in the American Rescue Plan Act, ARPA, funds, along with expiring bond money.

The county commissioners still have to approve the proposal, and since the funding involves bond money, if the commissioners approve it, voters will have the final say in a special election.

“We think during that process, they can make a recommendation as to whether to go with 45 acre 25 acre and then they bid widely and you have the construction,” said Tim Tardibono, Managing Director. of CJAC, said. “These are just recommendations and they are the voting body that actually makes that call to the public.” Oklahoma County Jail Trust Approves Proposal for New $300 Million Facility

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