Okla. prison chief, patrol official see shortfalls

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma prison and highway patrol
officials say the $6.7 billion budget crafted by the governor and
legislative leaders falls short of what's needed to ensure the
public's safety.
The budget for prisons was trimmed by 3 percent, and the budget
for the Department of Public Safety was cut by 1 percent.
Justin Jones, director of the Oklahoma Corrections Department,
said the shortfall at his agency could be as much as $46 million.
The Department of Public Safety has a $15 million gap that could
be filled with extra dollars from a fee collected on wire-transfers
of money.


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