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Juvenile Task Force delivers recommendations to County Commissioners – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2021-07-19 13:52:23 –

Oklahoma City (Free press) — The Oklahoma County Commission (BoCC) received a Task Force presentation on juvenile training practices on Monday.

The BoCC retained a private lawyer for prison detainees accused of the death of a prisoner in prison.

In addition to other projects, they also approved school resource officers (SROs) for two school districts in the county and disposed of surplus land.

Boy task force

The Teach for America Boys Task Force attended the meeting on Monday and announced the Commission’s findings and recommendations. The Task Force has spent time investigating and conducting interviews on Oklahoma’s practices surrounding the imprisonment and treatment of young criminals (YO).

The Task Force, consisting of eight current and former educators, made many recommendations regarding juvenile practices.

The first set of recommendations was specifically aimed at ensuring that young people were not completely imprisoned. The group said community-based alternatives to sentencing show a much lower recidivism rate between YOs than imprisonment.

The group also focused on trauma-based care training. Most institutions, organizations, and service providers for juveniles in the criminal legal system have access to trauma-based training, but many do not require them.

August 2020, east side of Oklahoma County Courthouse. (BRETT DICKERSON / Okla City Free Press)

This task force wants to see that change. In addition, the Task Force is calling on judges and lawyers working in the juvenile system to receive trauma-based care training.

The lack of care raised by the Task Force was a lack of counseling resources for YO in Oklahoma County. The county juvenile bureau currently has one professional counselor with a license dedicated to juvenile detention centers. With more than 40 young clients having a spinning case load, more counselors should be prioritized.

Oklahoma has the sad distinction of leading the country in Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) scores. So many young people experience trauma and then take care of our county’s legal system, and more mental health resources are urgently needed.

In the process of work, Task Force members were unable to interview the imprisoned boy.

Private counsel

Three agreements have been approved between BoCC and Gary J. James’ private law office for the legal representatives of individuals nominated in Oklahoma County, prisons, and proceedings in proceedings against several individuals.

Detainees Jonathan Johnson and James Newkirk are listed as defendants in proceedings such as Willis v. Oklahoma County Detention Center. A detention center employee who was present when Mr. Willis died.

Brian Harrison is listed as a defendant in a Chrisman v. County Commission-style proceeding in Oklahoma County and others. The case also nominated counties, prisons, and detainees who were present at the time of his death during Mr. Chrisman’s detention.

The amount of each contract does not exceed $ 125,000.00.

Surplus land

The four plots of District 3 north of the District Workshop were previously declared surplus. At the BoCC meeting on Monday, these properties were bid and sold.

Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization that builds homes for low-income earners and other barriers, has won a bid for three parcels. A civilian made a successful bid on the fourth day.

Another property in the town of Loser was officially declared surplus at a meeting on Monday. The board voted in favor of the declaration and implemented a Quit Claim Deed to take ownership of the property in the town of Loser. Originally acquired by the county in 1925, the land now belongs to Luther. Luthers City Park will be enhanced with new properties.

Sheriff’s business

The sheriff’s office has brought several items on the agenda, primarily related to renewals and grants.

But one item was the cause of some surprises. Diak Creek Public School has called for a reduction in the number of school resource officers this year. Instead of four as in the last few years, the new contract only covers three SROs, with the option to add another SRO if the new supervisor deems it necessary.

The board also approved one SRO for Star Spencer.

Executive session

One item discussed in a closed room during the executive session was about the county’s possible claims against the state. Oklahoma and the Juvenile Department have a legal obligation to pay a portion of the cost of operating a juvenile detention facility.

After returning from the executive session, District 3 Commissioner Kevin Calvey motioned to draft a request and send it to the appropriate state office.

The next meeting of the County Commission will take place on Monday, August 2, at 9 am.


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Last updated: July 19, 2021, 1:01 pm Brett Dickerson – Editor

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