Corrections Chief: Oklahoma lucky to avoid major prison riot
June 29, 2017
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma prisons are in such bad shape that the state has been fortunate to avoid a major prison riot, Department of Corrections Director Joe Allbaugh said Tuesday.
The system is suffering from aging facilities, low staffing, skyrocketing medical costs for aging inmates and no budget increases in the face of growing inmate populations and decreasing paroles.
"You can't pack people into facilities that are decrepit and expect everybody to behave. You can only push this balloon so far. Something is going to pop," Allbaugh told the Oklahoma Board of Corrections at its mo...