Oklahoma County $260 Million Jail Bond Passes

Wednesday, June 29th 2022, 6:55 am
By: News 9

Oklahoma County voters have approved a $260 million jail bond.

The bond passed, collecting 59.3% of the vote.

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The current jail off of Shartel in Downtown officially opened in 1991. According to County Commissioner Brian Maughan, it was only supposed to have a shelf life of 25-30 years.

With a wide list of problems, including a growing list of inmate deaths and escapees, Maughan says the current jail’s 13 stories and lack of medical facilities make it difficult for staff to maneuver around the building.

A citizen's advisory board will be created to oversee how the jail will be designed and run.