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Oklahoma County Jail Receives National Accreditation
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK-- The Oklahoma County Jail receives national accreditation from the American Correctional Association (ACA). Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel says this is the first time Oklahoma County Jail earned this honor, making the jail only one of two accredited facilities in the state.
"It took a tremendous amount of effort and teamwork by our staff," said Whetsel.
The accreditation will last three years. Sheriff Whetsel says it took years for Oklahoma County to earn ACA approval. He says the jail had to go through several audits, hearings, and facility tours.
"We have come a long way," said Whetsel, "and we all look for forward to maintaining the accreditation status for he jail."
Officials with the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) say after gaining ACA accreditation, they also hope to gain accreditation from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. Whetsel says based on exit interviews, Oklahoma County Jail could be weeks away from receiving a second national accreditation.
Posted: Tuesday, September 11 2012, 09:52 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Time waning for Okla. lawmakers to tackle credits
May 18, 2013 19:10 GMT
By SEAN MURPHY Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Despite calls by several Oklahoma legislators to address hundreds of millions of dollars in state tax credits and exemptions for businesses and industries, little has been done as another session approaches its end.
At the same time, other legislators are still trying to write even more tax giveaways into state law for things like tickets and hospitality suites to sporting events and the sale of helicopters.
Longtime tax credit critic Rep. David Dank calls the proposals for new credits "stealth efforts" and says they should be killed before they reach the governor's desk.
Dank sponsored a bill earlier this session to ensure tax credits undergo more rigorous scrutiny, but the bill was derailed in a Senate committee.
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