The Norman Transcript


February 7, 2013

Inmate housing costs currently higher than state reimbursements



In Kay County, the detention facility is operated by the Jail Trust Authority rather than the sheriff. In that county, Director Jody Burd is appointed to operate the jail.

Burd said it costs Kay County about $32 per day per prisoner. With 166 prisoners in the facility as of Tuesday, that jail could accommodate a number of Cleveland County’s DOC prisoners if needed.

Burd told The Transcript he would be happy to assist another county. The Kay County Detention Center opened in 2010 and was designed by Architects in Partnership of Norman, the same company that designed the F. DeWayne Beggs Detention Center.

Burd said only a handful of detention centers in Oklahoma are operated by directors governed by jail trust authorities, but some sheriffs like being able to focus on enforcement rather than detention.

In other county business, board chair Rod Cleveland presented a 10-point recommendation for agenda and meeting procedure changes. Those proposals include opening the meeting with a prayer prior to the flag salute and changing the meeting time from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays.

Other housekeeping suggestions would move preparing and posting the Board of County Commissioners agenda from the County Clerk’s Office to the County Commissioner’s Office.

Many of the housekeeping suggestions could be taken care of through the implementation of an automated agenda program. Commissioner Darry Stacy suggested that option be explored first.

“I’ve looked at two different systems,” said County Clerk Tammy Belinson, who has consulted with Cleveland on the matter. One of those is a provider used by Canadian County and would include website management.

“We need to get IT involved in this,” Sullivan said.

The items will be taken under consideration at a future meeting.

Cleveland also presented a proposal from AIP of Norman. The proposal is to assess the Cleveland County Courthouse campus and other county buildings to determine future maintenance needs. Cost for the assessment was broken down by building. Cleveland said some of the buildings could be left off if a contract is awarded.

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