Bethany City Council members this week approved an agreement that allows Bethany police to house some inmates in Yukon City jail if they are sentenced to more than 10 days.
The city currently pays the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department $42.58 per inmate per day to use its jail space. Yukon currently charges $30 per inmate per day for municipalities to use its jail.
As part of the agreement, Bethany would be responsible for inmate records, attorney’s fees if an inmate files litigation for wrongful arrests, and repairs if an inmate causes damage to the facility.
Yukon would provide basic medical care for the inmates, including over-the-counter medications, but Bethany would continue to pay the cost of hospitalization, prescription medication and surgical or dental treatment.
The agreement with the county will remain in effect in case Yukon’s facility reaches capacity.
Yukon City Council members will consider this agreement at a later date. If approved by Yukon, the agreement would expire June 30, and both city councils will decide whether to renew it.