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April 22, 2014

Biggs' bill having desired effects at Grady County Jail

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CHICKASHA —

The bill doesn't work so well for smaller counties that depend on money gained from DOC inmates. 

"In small areas, they like to have those inmates," State Sen. Ron Justice (R-Chickasha) said. "What we want to do is help all of them with this bill to enable them to negotiate on the housing of those inmates. If those counties have the ability to house inmates for less of a cost, it's a win-win for everybody."

As the bill progressed, the DOC began to move inmates out of multiple county jails, which set off alarm bells with those administrators worried about how this would affect their budget, Justice said.

"They've pulled inmates out after there's been some discussion on this, and some of the smaller counties have spoken up and said that was creating a hardship," he said. 

The bills has passed the committee phase in the Senate and could go to vote today if needed, according to Justice. The bill passed the state house of representatives in March.

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