Oklahoma County Jail construction the real problem, inspector says

Friday, August 23rd 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Oklahoma's head of jail inspections says problems at the Oklahoma County jail aren't tied in to who's running the prison.

Don Garrison told a committee Thursday the construction of the jail hurts its efficiency.

The committee was created by county commissioners to study if the prison would be better run by a trust panel or private company.

But Garrison says the jail has an awkward construction that makes it hard to see all the cells. He says also that the prison requires more staff but lack of funding makes it hard to keep the jail fully staffed.

District judge Ray Elliot says his committee needs more time to make recommendations on the jail.