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By Keaton Ross
Oklahoma Watch 

Many Oklahoma jails struggle to meet health and safety standards


As Covid-19 outbreaks emerged throughout Oklahoma’s prison system in September 2020, the Hughes County Jail opted not to give masks to detainees.

Inside the Bryan County Jail, inspected on March 10, 2020, a state health department employee found roaches near a floor drain in the kitchen and gnats in living and common areas.

At the Haskell County Jail in eastern Oklahoma, an inspector discovered buckets of stagnant water under a kitchen sink and three non-functioning cell toilets.

More than four dozen Oklahoma jails were cited for health and safety violations in 2020, jail inspection repor...

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