Family members of inmates at Oklahoma County Jail complain about delay in meal service

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — Family members of inmates at the Oklahoma County Detention Center are speaking out about an issue with the food at the jail.

“This stuff with the food situation is ridiculous,” Santana Cisneros, who has a brother at the Detention Center, told KFOR. “I normally send him money at least every week so that he can order commissary. Well he told me that I have to start ordering packages from this company because they can’t order commissary anymore.”

In a social media post, another family member of an inmate wrote they are “not being fed dinner trays until 1-2 a.m.”

​Another woman wrote on Facebook that they are being fed dry noodles.

“I mean, I understand he is in the county jail, but it doesn’t mean that he should just be treated like that,” Cisneros said.

The Criminal Justice Authority, better known as the Jail Trust, took over operations of the jail last month.

“We got a new vendor – Summit is our new vendor – and with any new vendor, like a new restaurant, some things go well, some things don’t go well,” William Monday, Chief of Operations, told KFOR.

Monday said a lot of the issues are due to an order of new equipment for the kitchen.

“With that, it presents a challenge actually cooking and serving those meals. So, we’ve had a few days that we’ve run a little later than we anticipated. However, every inmate, or arrestee, did get fed,” Monday said.

Monday also said no one has been fed dry noodles.

“We’ve been working with the arrestees along with our staff and just trying to look at efficiencies, looking at things that we can improve on, things that we can adjust,” he said.

Monday also told KFOR they are working with a new company for commissary that does things a bit differently than the previous company.

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Correction: An earlier version of this story contained a misspelling. It has since been fixed.

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