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March 4, 2013

Jail here sends inmates to prison

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes announced Friday that nine Garvin County Detention Center inmates were transferred to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

The inmates had been convicted of various charges ranging from murder to property crimes and were awaiting available space in the prison system.

These nine transfers are in addition to two persons who were moved on Jan. 27.

Fourteen inmates remain in the custody of the sheriff awaiting prison bed space. Four other inmates have been sentenced to DOC but under the condition they will serve their time in the county jail.

Rhodes said he was glad to see the transfer take place.

“Over the past few weeks we have been dealing with capacity jail population in Garvin County,” Rhodes said.

The Garvin County jail is rated to hold 78 persons in emergency situations.

According to Rhodes, a high daily average population affects many aspects of the sheriff’s office including the budget. Sheriff Rhodes states “

“Since December, the sheriff’s office has been operating on sheriff’s service fees and monies generated from sources other than the general fund appropriation,” he said.

“Being able to lower the daily jail population should help with the recent high food and maintenance costs associated with the jail.”

The sheriff said the Fiscal Year 2012-2013 general fund allocation of just over $474,000 was gone in December, “which leaves me to use other funds to run the sheriff’s office.”

He stressed his sheriff service fees and any revenue from contracts are not designed to operate a sheriff’s office and the amounts collected often vary.

Recently transferred to DOC were Kyle Craig, Larry Ray, Richard Montoya, Edwin Looney, Gene Ballard, Brian Davis, David Kelly, Joseph Damrill, Benny Barnes, James Garrison and Calon Holland-Murray.

According to Sheriff Rhodes the number of Garvin County Detention Center inmates awaiting transfer to prison is high for a variety of reasons.

“Combined with the fact that county jails are experiencing a backlog across the state with DOC inmates, we are feeling the back end of a tough on crime strategy by law enforcement in Garvin County.”

Many of the cases involving these individuals were a result of proactive and more thorough criminal investigations conducted by Garvin County authorities, he said.

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