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State standards leave gaps in county jail inspections

The Oklahoma Department of Health and the State Fire Marshal inspect local jails every year. But the inspections are only as effective as the rules they’re based on. Just because a jail passes inspection — doesn’t mean it’s completely safe.


Sheriff revolt over county jail conditions shines spotlight on low funding

A county sheriff resigned to protest a judge’s order to bring prisoners back to a jail she says is underfunded and dangerous. Low funding is a problem county sheriffs across the state have to overcome.