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The Morning Brew: A brief history of the Oklahoma County jail's problmes

Jail has had a history of issues 

The Oklahoma County jail will be inspected by federal officials. 
The Oklahoma County jail will be inspected by federal officials. 

The Oklahoma County jail has been problematic since it opened, and now it's getting some attention at the federal level with an inspection of its operation. 

The U.S. Justice Department is planning a 2018 inspection of the aging Oklahoma County jail despite being told to stay away.

"We anticipate being on site in the early part of next year," an attorney in the Justice Department's civil rights division wrote in November.

No date has been set.

The Justice Department had wanted to inspect the jail Nov. 6-10 but county commissioners voted unanimously to deny the request.

The 13-story jail opened in 1991 and came under federal oversight in 2009 after an investigation found 60 civil rights violations. County officials dispute some findings but agreed to make corrections.

Here's a recap of some of the jail's recent problems: 

Two former jailers charged with assault 

Jail has 10th death this year 

Oklahoma County pays $1 million to settle jail death lawsuit 

Jail officials fail to release records in deaths 

Fees turn Oklahoma County jail into a debtors prison 


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