Man kept in jail too long, he claims in lawsuit
BY ANDREW KNITTLE NewsOK.com
Monday, February 18, 2013
2/18/13 at 6:08 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY - A Texas man is suing the Pittsburg County jail, the state Corrections Department and others after he sat in jail for months past his scheduled release, court records show.
At the heart of the lawsuit is the Correction Department's county jail backlog issue, a mounting threat that costs the prison system roughly $20 million each year.
The lawsuit, filed last year in federal court, was ordered last week to proceed with a scheduling conference, which will be held in June unless the case is resolved or dismissed before that time.
James C. Payne, who filed the lawsuit in October, claims in his lawsuit he was sentenced to a year behind bars for stalking and that he was to be released June 11, 2011.
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