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Cleveland County Jail Faces Overpopulation (May 31, 2012)

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Officials with the Cleveland County jail say their newly opened detention center is facing the same overcrowding problems as the old facility.

Chief of detention Carrie Davis says the jail has 67 inmates awaiting beds in state prison - but it will likely take nearly a year for those slots to open up. Meanwhile, the jail is taking in about 10 to 15 new inmates per month.

Davis tells the Norman Transcript that the jail likely won't have enough money to open its third pod for at least another year. The Cleveland County Budget Board cut the jail's funding by 22.2 percent for the current fiscal year.

Davis says the overcrowding is caused by both slower prison transfers and the fact that more people are receiving prison sentences.

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