Corrections Officers: Oklahoma Funding Crisis Endangers Staff, Citizens

Friday, October 15th 2010, 1:44 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Workers with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections want the legislature to intervene with its "staffing crisis." They will hold a news conference Monday to discuss impending furloughs and actions the Oklahoma legislature can take avoid them.

"Never in the state's history has the crisis in funding and shortages in staff put the lives of officers and citizens at such risk," said Sterling Zearley, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Public Employees Association.

"We are inviting corrections officers and case manager to discuss the impact of the budget crisis."

The DOC estimates it needs $9 million to halt furloughs for the rest of the fiscal year.

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"We hope that the legislature will take note of this serious situation and act quickly when they reconvene in February and give DOC a supplemental appropriation," Zearley said.

The news conference will take place at 2 p.m. Monday and will feature correctional officers from across the state.