County’s jail population, funds falling
Hopes that the Oklahoma Department of Corrections would leave his jail alone have fallen through for Sheriff Bruce Peoples.
Less than two weeks ago the sheriff was optimistic that the DOC’s plan to pull as many state prisoners back into its own penal system as it could handle wouldn’t affect smaller jails. He was especially hopeful that it wouldn’t affect the Custer County Jail because of its good relations with DOC over the last few years.
But yesterday, Peoples and two Custer County commissioners – Lyle Miller and Kurt Hamburger – were in Oklahoma City joining sheriffs and commissioners from across the state in appealing to the State Senate to do something about DOC’s plan to pull prisoners out of county jails. That was after the local sheriff had been informed his jail would not be exempt from the pullback.