The Norman Transcript

Crime/Courts

April 30, 2013

449 prisoners inside county jail

NORMAN — The number of inmates in the Cleveland County jail reached an all-time high Monday, with the jail still remaining understaffed.

Cleveland County Undersheriff Rhett Burnett said the count at 8 a.m. Monday was 449 inmates.

One hundred and 20 of those need to be transported to the Department of Corrections, and 114 of the inmates currently have judgment and sentencing on file, Burnett said. The DOC is scheduled to take around 10 to 15 inmates per month.

While the jail remains understaffed, the sheriff’s department has been going through applications to hire 12 more people to reach a completed staff of detention officers.

“We’re handling it OK, but we don’t have our full compliment,” he said. “We’re trying to get those final 12 hired.”

Burnett said they have received hundreds of applications, but the hiring process takes longer than a regular job would. Since it is a detention center and a law enforcement-type job, personal history statements have to be taken and initial background checks, several interviews and a final background check must be done. Polygraphs and drug tests also are taken, he said.

“We’re trying to find the right people to work in there,” Burnett said. “We don’t want to get in too big of a hurry.”

The undersheriff said a lot of people staffing the jail go to other law enforcement jobs internally and externally. Sometimes those people are going out into the field or working in transport or they’re moving to other jobs that may be better paying, he said.

“I encourage anyone interested to apply. It’s a good job with good benefits,” Burnett said.

As for the number of inmates they are handling, he said he expects that number to come down.

“The courts and judges do their best to help us. Everybody is working together as a team,” he said.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Crime/Courts
  • 18-year-old killed; 72-year-old man, young boy injured

    Those involved in the wreck Friday near 136th Avenue and South Sooner Road were identified Monday by Oklahoma City police. Logan Rosado-Santoni, 18, was pronounced dead on the scene after the 4:30 p.m. multi-vehicle wreck. Two others were ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Norman firefighter performs Heimlich maneuver on Moore man after he chokes on food

    What started out as a normal night out for a Moore couple ended with them being thankful a firefighter was in the right place at the right time....

    July 22, 2014

  • Crime briefs

    Woman charged with assault A Norman woman was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon Monday after admitting that she threw a knife at someone, court records show. Jamie Marie Rietz, 32, was charged in Cleveland County ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following people were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Jeremy Ryan Sellers, 20, second-degree burglary and malicious injury to property under $1,000 in concert and together with Ryan ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Civil suit alleges improper billing practices by NRH and contracted physicians groups

    A civil lawsuit alleging improper billing practices was filed against Norman Regional Hospital and a contracted physicians group on Monday in Cleveland County District Court. The plaintiffs were individuals arrested by law enforcement on ...

    July 18, 2014

  • Man burned by deep fat fryer

    A man was transported to the hospital Wednesday after a deep fat fryer exploded in his face, causing burns to his face and chest area, according to a Norman Fire official. Norman Fire and EMSStat responded to the report at 5:44 p.m. at ...

    July 18, 2014

  • Panel explains human trafficking problem

    Many topics were discussed over the course of three days during the 2014 Oklahoma Judicial Conference, but one of the newest issues the legal system is beginning to look at is human trafficking. A panel discussed human trafficking ...

    July 18, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following people were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Tyler Christian Smoot, 20, possession of controlled dangerous substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia · Jeremy ...

    July 18, 2014

  • Police log

    Police responded to the following incidents Wednesday: · 8:26 a.m. larceny report, 2000 block of Delaware Lane · 8:45 a.m. larceny report, 900 block of McCall Drive · 8:48 a.m. larceny report, 800 block of Owl ...

    July 18, 2014

  • Gang member charged after shooting

    An Oklahoma City man police identified as a gang member was charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon Thursday after shooting at another individual earlier this month. Juan Luis Balderas, 20, was charged in Cleveland County ...

    July 18, 2014