By Michelle Charles
STILLWATER, Okla. —
At Monday’s Budget Board meeting, Sheriff R.B. Hauf told the rest of Payne County’s elected officers that housing fewer prisoners for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections will reduce his department’s revenue by $30,000 – $50,000 per month.
The move is designed to save money because the DOC paid county jails in Oklahoma about $17 million last year to hold almost 2,000 prisoners, he said.
Last week, DOC took 13 of the 40 prisoners it was paying Payne County to house and Hauf said he expects the rest will go next week.
Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton has said he intends to improve corrections employee morale, improve the work environment at DOC facilities and improve safety by reducing the state’s inmate population.
Hauf said he’s meeting with Patton later this week.
Monday, the DOC weekly count showed 18,274 prisoners in DOC facilities, 7,430 in contract facilities including county jails and 26,912 total people in the system.