The Muskogee County Jail will relax its COVID-based felony-only admission restriction on May 3, Undersheriff Greg Martin said just now.
The sheriff met with police chiefs from Muskogee and surrounding towns today to discuss tensions that were developing around the jail rejecting misdemeanor inmates due to COVID precautions.
“We have a capacity of 284,” Martin said. “We are at 269 right now. We have agreements in place to send inmates to other counties before we reach capacity here, and we check that every day.”
Tensions arose late last month when Fort Gibson officers had brought a misdemeanor trespassing suspect, who was rejected by the jail.
“We want to work with our municipalities to accommodate them as best we can,” Martin said. “We shouldn’t have those situations anymore.”
COVID protocols are still in place at the jail, which is currently COVID-free. COVID-positive inmates will still be rejected, or if someone tests positive inside the jail, lockdown procedures will be triggered.