Saturday, January 26, 2008
A "comprehensive performance audit" of Oklahoma prisons made earlier this month has forwarded no less than 141 recommendations. Among them is the recommendation that the Legislature appropriate more than $25 million to secure 660 maximum-security cells and hire additional correctional and pardon and parole officers. It is also recommended that the governor be removed from the parole process in order to increase inmate releases and reduce the prison population. Oklahoma's parole rates are much lower than other states, in part, because it is the only state which requires the governor's signature on every parole request. See complete story here. A related editorial can be found here.