Oklahoma to trim contracts for private prisons

BY BARBARA HOBEROCK - Tulsa World Modified: October 15, 2009 at 5:24 am •  Published: October 15, 2009
GRANITE — The state Corrections Department next month will cut its contracts for private bed space by 5 percent, the Board of Corrections was told Wednesday.

Greg Sawyer, the department’s chief of administrative services, said the contract reductions are in response to declining state revenues. State agencies on Tuesday were told to cut their budgets by 5 percent for the third consecutive month.

Sawyer said the cuts to private prisons and halfway houses involves about $3.7 million.

The department pays Corrections Corp. of America $49 a day for medium-security beds and $64.50 for maximum-security beds. It also pays the GEO Group $44.83 for state inmates housed at the company’s private prison in Lawton.

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