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Jail Trust adopts timeline for implementing action recommendations – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2021-10-18 17:34:47 –

Oklahoma City (Free press) — On Monday, the Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Department (Prison Trust) heard some public comments, approved the two service contracts, and implemented some recommendations from the Detention Center Action Committee (DCAC). Adopted a timeline.

Marty Piercy reports local government

DCAC solution

The main part of public works that the prison trust should work on on Monday was an agenda item with two purposes.

First, we thank and commend members of DCAC, a subcommittee established to conduct special investigations and workshops to devise and present a series of recommendations for improving detention centers (prisons). It was a resolution. The subcommittee has worked in small groups over the past few months, fine-tuning their recommendations in the categories of depopulation, detainee classification, and direct supervision.

Last month, these recommendations were finalized by DACA and presented at the Prison Trust’s monthly meeting.

At the meeting on Monday, a resolution to thank the members of the committee was bundled into the timeline for the implementation of those recommendations. The timeline is neither concrete nor formal.

The Trust unanimously voted to adopt both the resolution and the timeline.

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Prison tour concern

In public comments, local restaurant owner and activist Sean Cummings expressed concern to trustees. Earlier on Monday, Cummings attended a county committee meeting and expressed the same concerns.

Cummings said he was about to schedule a prison tour. After many attempts, I was told that I had to go through Timothy Tardibono to schedule the tour.

Tardibono is a Managing Director of the Central Oklahoma Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAC). CJAC is technically a subdivision of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.

Cummings’ question was simple. Why do Oklahoma County taxpayers need to schedule tours with prisons, prison trusts, or anyone who isn’t working in the county?

No one on either board was able to answer Mr. Cummings’ question, or perhaps happily.

CEO Report

Prison Trust CEO Greg Williams appeared before the trust on Monday and submitted his regular monthly report on prison operations.

Staffing has always been a challenge, but the prison added more new employees in September than those who left there.

The prison population on Monday was 1,724. Of those, 203 are waiting to be brought under the control of the Correctional Bureau.

Williams painted a somewhat hopeful picture of COVID within the prison, while COVID was still devastating our community.

According to Williams, from October 9th to October 15th, 192 COVID tests were performed on detainees with zero positive results.

Since July 2020, when the trust took over the operation of the prison, they have conducted 12,763 tests and a total of 513 positive cases among the detainees.

As of Friday, two full-time employees were not working at COVID.

Williams’ remarks served as an indicator of the number of people entering and leaving the prison on a daily basis.

Williams said an average of 128 people were booked in and out of prison each day. Most detainees come from Oklahoma City police arrests, followed by the County Sheriff’s Office, followed by other municipalities (mainly Edmond and Del City) as sources of other detainees in prisons.

Ekwerekwu

In a tweet late Monday afternoon, District 1 County Secretary tweeted:

“I’m very proud that Francie Ekwellek and she served at the OK County Prison Trust.

She fought tirelessly for the people in our prisons and the staff working inside.

She has grown tremendously as a community leader and advocate.

Thank you Francie. Don’t stop fighting! “

Ekwerekwu did not make a formal announcement at the meeting on Monday, but commissioner tweets speculate that this was Ekwerekwu’s last meeting as part of the trust.

Criminal Justice Reunites November 15th at 1:00 pm


Last updated: October 18, 2021 16:34 Brett Dickerson-Editor

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