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Senate OKs Fund Shift for State Prisons (Mar 07, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A legislative plan to prevent more furloughs of Oklahoma prison workers by shifting money from a prison industries fund has cleared the Oklahoma Senate, despite concerns the move could destroy a successful program for rehabilitating inmates.

The Senate voted 37-7 on Monday for the bill that allows the Department of Corrections to tap $5.25 million from the agency's Industries Revolving Fund. The money is used to operate a program in which about 1,500 inmates run farms and make furniture and other goods. It employs about 100 prison workers.

DOC Director Justin Jones has said taking the money out of the program will have a negative effect on its operations.

Prison workers still will be forced to take one furlough day each month through June 30.



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