Dozens of prisoners transferred to new Okla. jail

NORMAN, OK. (AP) - Cleveland County sheriff's deputies have moved prisoners from the jail in downtown Norman to the new F. DeWayne Beggs Detention Center.

Undersheriff Rhett Burnett says officials started moving about 30 inmates at a time in a van and sheriff's cruisers early Saturday. Three-hundred prisoners in all were transferred.

The old jail housed about 170 inmates and had overcrowding problems. Cleveland County officials paid Pottawatomie County each month to house dozens of its inmates.

The new $26 million facility in northern Norman officially opened last month and has the capacity to house more than 540 prisoners. It is being paid for by a temporary sales tax.

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