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June 1, 2012

Inmate holding location approved

NORMAN — Area will be in basement of Cleveland County office building

The Cleveland County Office Building will soon feature an inmate day-holding area.

At Wednesday’s Cleveland County Justice Authority meeting, the board approved a motion to begin work on an in-house facility that will be used for short-term holding of inmates awaiting trial.

The facility will be installed in the basement of the 201 S. Jones Ave. building.

Assistant District Attorney David Batton said commissioners hope the holding area, and all other construction work related to the functioning of the new F. DeWayne Beggs Detention Center, will be complete by June 30.

Wes Brannon, the justice authority’s representative, will oversee progress on the holding area and other continuing projects at the F. DeWayne Beggs Detention Center, such as the placement of acoustic panels.

Brannon will continue to draw pay from the justice authority until all projects are complete.

On Wednesday, commissioners approved a monthly payment to Brannon in the amount of $12,117.

District 1 County Commissioner Rod Cleveland voted against the motion for the day-holding area.

“I just had some concerns,” Cleveland said. “I know we need day holding, and the judges need day holding. I’m just concerned about where it’s going to be, as far as being able to flow through the building.”

Cleveland said county employees, such as maintenance workers, occasionally need access to the basement.

“I just don’t know if that was the best place, but it’s what was recommended by more people than me,” Cleveland said.

Joel Pruett 366-3540

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