Starting Tuesday, some people arrested for public intoxication in Tulsa will have another option besides the Tulsa County Jail.
It is called the Tulsa Sobering Center and it is located at 6333 East Skelly Drive.
It allows for people arrested for public intoxication and no other crimes to sleep it off.
Tulsa mayor G.T. Bynum says, "instead of just throwing those people in jail with hardened criminals, we're going to bring them here and give them the opportunity to get the help that they need."
The center will be operated by the addiction recovery center 12 & 12. Officials say it isn't a "Get Out Of Jail Free" card, but there will be tools available to help a person recover and beat addiction.
The Sobering Center has their ribbon cutting this morning. It’s a new option for Tulsans who are arrested for public intox to sleep it off without going to jail. pic.twitter.com/v5ini4Tuyt— Dave Davis (@DaveDavisKOTV) May 29, 2018
The City of Tulsa says this is how it works:
If police arrest you for public intoxication and other related crimes, the officer will have the option to take you to Tulsa Sobering Center. You will stay there for 10 hours to sleep it off with no arrests on your record, no criminal charges, no court dates.
While you're there, you also can get information on counseling and rehabilitation services.
The cost of building the center was absorbed by the Hardesty Family Foundation with the city paying $250,000 a year to run it.