Prison Layoffs

Lexington, OK – Okla. prison chief says 10 percent layoffs possible

LEXINGTON, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma's top prison official says that if his agency's budget is cut by 7.5 percent as he was told to expect, 10 percent of the system's employees will be laid off.

Department of Corrections Director Justin Jones on Friday told the state Board of Corrections that he wasn't crying wolf.

Members of the board expressed frustration at what they said was a lack of interest among lawmakers in funding the state prison system.

State agencies have been told to reduce their budgets as a result of declining revenue.


Information from: Tulsa World,