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Mon May 24, 2010

More Budget Woes

Oklahoma City, OK – 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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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com