Undersheriff Taylor: Oklahoma County Jail at lowest population in 'years'
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) —
The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office says the jail has reached its lowest populations in "years".
Undersheriff P.D. Taylor reports that for the first time in "many years" the Oklahoma County Jail population is under 2,000 and stands at 1,952. At the beginning of 2017, the jail had a population of 2,427 inmates.
The sheriff's office credits the drop to a "number of programs" implemented over the past several months including working with the Oklahoma City Police Department and the VERA Institute.
“This is a result of our staff and the various members of the judicial system working together to solve a problem,” Taylor said. “We can’t control who comes in here but we can control the options at our disposal to get inmates through the system quicker and out of jail.”
Taylor says a new program allowing inmates to complete preliminary hearings by video from the jail will begin soon, which will cut down on the amount of time inmates stay in the jail.