10-18-06 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A hearing on whether fines should be issued over conditions at the Bryan County Jail has resulted in
allegations of a conflict of interest involving the jail inspector.
Testimony indicates that the sister of a state Health Department
inspector who cited jail standards violations lost her job at the
jail before the citations were issued.
The Health Department is seeking fines of up to 700-thousand
dollars from Bryan County based on jail violation citations issued
this year by inspector Alicia Dickerson.
Violations ranged from not enough guards on duty to prisoners
not having enough food, clothing or proper bedding, according to
Bryan County officials say Dickerson's son had worked at the
jail and her sister had been fired as jail administrator in 2004.