County scrambles to renovate jail space in the Courthouse

County officials will build jail cells on the third floor of the County Courthouse to replace the cells at the Municipal Courts building as a holding area for inmates waiting to appear in district court.

The Tulsa City Council recently rejected a fee increase by the county jail and decided to renovate the Municipal Court cells to serve as a municipal jail. If there are more municipal prisoners than those cells can handle, the rest will be sent to a jail in Okmulgee.

Since the county is losing the Municipal Court space, officials decided to redo space on the third floor of the Tulsa County Courthouse. Also, jail officials plan to use more video conferencing to cut down on the travel from the jail to the courthouse.

Approximately 200 prisoners are taken to the courthouse on each weekday.  No cost for the renovations has been released.