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DOC Plan Prisoner Transfer (Jul 02, 2012)

GRANITE, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma Department of Corrections officials are hoping the transfer of more than 400 older, more stable inmates to a western Oklahoma prison will create an environment that is easier for the understaffed facility to manage.

Corrections spokesman Jerry Massie told The Oklahoman that agency officials understand the change will be difficult for inmates' families, but he says the department must do what is best for the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite.

The prison has 35 unfilled guard positions. Massie says it's been difficult to attract staff there, and oil field jobs pay about $10 more than the prison positions starting out.

Prison and prison families advocate Lynn Powell says she understands why the DOC is moving the inmates, but adds she's heard many concerns about it.

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