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Wichita County Jail Population At Record High

Wichita County officials announced Tuesday that the jail population is at an all-time high.
Sheriff David Duke said there are 633 inmates at the jail right now.
The Wichita County Jail currently has 624 beds, but Sheriff Duke said the jail can reach its capacity long before every bed is filled due to classification requirements like gender and offense.
Sheriff Duke attributes the over-crowding to mental health issues, population concerns, and the major impact meth and other drugs have on Texoma.
Sheriff Duke will be in Austin next week for a Jail Advisory Board Meeting and a Jail Commission Standards Meeting.
Wichita County Commissioners are looking into expanding the County Jail and hired an architectural firm to consult with on expansion possibilities. Newschannel 6 will continue to follow up when Commissioners are ready with a plan.

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