Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tulsa Area Leaders Break Ground for State's Largest Jail

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tulsa Area Leaders Break Ground for State's Largest Jail

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TULSA (AP) -- City and county officials will break ground today for the state's largest jail.

Inmates are due to move in two years from now at the 1,400-bed David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center, in the northwest corner of downtown Tulsa.

"We're excited about the project and the fact that it's probably going to change the way the community looks at the jail," Sheriff Stanley Glanz said Wednesday. Hensel Phelps Construction Co. will build a facility two stories tall and three blocks long. Exterior walls will be covered with brick and made of concrete panels 8 inches thick. Cost for base construction was estimated at $63.8 million. Additional costs for architects and consultants, land acquisition, demolition and other expenses could bring the total bill to $90 million. Tulsa County voters approved a five-twelfth-cent sales tax in 1995 to pay for construction. Supporters of a new jail said the federal government was going to sue if the county did not move inmates from the eighth and ninth floors of the courthouse. …

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