Fallin requests audit of Oklahoma corrections dept

By: From Wire Reports, The Oklahoman
By: From Wire Reports, The Oklahoman

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin is requesting a state audit of the Oklahoma Corrections Department to determine whether the agency's current structure is "in the best interest of the taxpayers of Oklahoma."

The governor requested the audit three weeks after Corrections Department Director Justin Jones abruptly resigned. State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones says it's routine for a governor to request an audit during a change in leadership at a state agency.

Fallin clashed with Justin Jones over the agency's budget and the practice of housing state inmates in privately run prisons.

The Oklahoman reports that Fallin's request asks the auditor to review the current structure of the department and to determine if the agency implemented changes recommended in a 2007 audit.

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