Tulsa orders more beds to ease jail overcrowding

By: From Wire Reports, Tulsa World
By: From Wire Reports, Tulsa World

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Officials in Tulsa have approved the purchase of 200 new portable beds to ease overcrowding at the Tulsa County jail.

The Tulsa County Commission approved the purchase Monday night. The Tulsa World reports that the jail has exceeded its 1,714-bed capacity since late last summer.

As of Monday night, the jail had 1,898 inmates - and some officials predict that number could reach 2,000 by this summer.

The portable beds are made of hard plastic and keep inmates at least 14 inches off the ground when used as designed. Inmates are given a mattress, which is placed on top of the shell.

The new portable beds are in addition to 49 bunk beds that officials ordered last week. Those new beds are scheduled to arrive within six weeks.

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