OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — While the vast majority of states in the U.S. have seen prison health care costs climb sharply in recent years, a new national study shows Oklahoma is one of the few states bucking that trend.
A report on state spending on prison health care released Tuesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts shows Oklahoma is among ten states where the per-inmate spending declined from 2007 to 2011. Oklahoma had the lowest per-inmate cost in the country in 2011 at $2,558, a decline of 17 percent from $3,071 per inmate in 207 spending.
Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris (center) speaks Tuesday at a news conference announcing the filing of a court document that outlines evidence against Desmond Campbell. Assistant District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler (left) and Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan (right) also spoke.
The Tulsa County District Attorney's office filed an affidavit Tuesday outlining the evidence against the man identified as the suspect in a string of sexual assaults.
Desmond Campbell died Tuesday morning from injuries sustained in a car crash. Tulsa Police said last week he was their suspect in seven attacks from June 5 to June 29.
"We believe the Tulsa community has a right to know the information upon which the Tulsa Police Department identified Mr. Campbell as their suspect," District Attorney Tim Harris said at a news conference.
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In a coma for over a week, sources say serial assault suspect Desmond Campbell has died at a Tulsa hospital. Tulsa Police last week announced Campbell was their suspect in a series of assaults that took place during the month of June. At least seven women were assaulted in the string of attacks. Police have said that DNA evidence has linked Campbell to at least three of the attacks.
Tulsa County District Attorney, Tim Harris, says he had prepared 23 criminal counts against Campbell and was going to present them today before learning Campbell had died.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Cleveland County commissioners say the former county detention center will be demolished this fall.
The building opened in 1984 but was closed two years ago after a new detention center was built. Since then, the building had been used as a temporary holding facility for inmates who were transported to the courthouse for hearings.
On Monday, county commissioners approved the purchase of a modular building that will be put in the county's parking lot to hold the inmates waiting to go to court.