Tulsa County officials request ICE inmates

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (KSN File Photo)

TULSA, Oklahoma (AP) – The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office has asked U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to send more of its inmates to the Tulsa County jail

Maj. Shannon Clark told the Tulsa World that the request was made recently when the number of inmates being held for being in the U.S. illegally began to decline. Clark says the sheriff’s office relies on its contract with ICE for funding to help pay for jail operations.

The most recent figures available show ICE paid the sheriff’s office $2.3 million in fiscal year 2011 and $3.6 million in fiscal year 2012 to hold inmates.

Clark says the jail is contracted to hold up to 190 ICE inmates.

Clark said Friday’s total inmate count was 1,711, including 166 ICE inmates. The jail’s official capacity is 1,714.

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