“It’s not even an emergency. It’s desperation,” Thunder owner leads movement to reform jail

By Ali Meyer

OKLAHOMA CITY - Leaders are teaming up to finally fix years of expensive issues at the Oklahoma County Jail.

The jail was just one of the topics Wednesday, when the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce Criminal Justice Task Force released their recommendations.

Oklahoma City Thunder majority owner Clay Bennett is leading the task force.

"It's not even an emergency. It's desperation," Bennett said. "The objective is to reform the system, fix the jail and, most importantly, take care of our brothers and sisters and the citizens of Oklahoma in a much better way."

A 22-member task force spent a year researching what's broken and how it can be fixed: for starters, keeping low-level offenders out of the jail.

"It's not benefiting us," said Chief Citty. "It's not benefiting the system. It's not benefiting the individuals."

Eighty percent of the inmates come into the Oklahoma County Jail drunk or high.

Read the full story at kfor.com.

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