Corrections workers flee low pay, long hours
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT NewsOK.com
Friday, October 12, 2012
10/12/12 at 8:10 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY - Higher wages and better hours offered by private employers are making it difficult for state prisons to fill job openings, members of a legislative panel were told Thursday.
The low level of prison staff puts public safety at risk, said Rep. Jeff Hickman, R-Fairview, who requested an interim study on the issue.
"These prison staffing levels are life-and-death situations now," Hickman said. "Someone is going to die if we don't make some changes and make them sooner rather than later."
The Corrections Department's budget is enough to fill only 69 percent of the authorized positions.
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