OK county officials oppose plan to move state inmates

ADA, Okla. (AP) - Sheriffs, undersheriffs and county commissioners across Oklahoma are planning a trip to the state Capitol to protest plans to remove state inmates from county jails.

Corrections department Director Robert Patton is pushing more inmates into vacant beds at work centers and halfway houses and has nearly tripled the intake rate of prisoners into state facilities in an effort to better control the department's $464 million budget.

But not all sheriffs are happy as many count on the $27 daily rate to house DOC inmates to keep their jails running.

Pontotoc County Sheriff John Christian told The Ada News (http://bit.ly/1lqoEHv ) that he believes the state is trying to solve its problems by taking prisoners who have been sent to county jails years.

The group plans to be at the Capitol Tuesday.

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