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Okla. Board of Corrections makes $1.65 billion budget request

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Board of Corrections has voted to request nearly $1.65 billion for the Department of Corrections next fiscal year - an increase of $1.16 billion over its request for the current year.

The department received just less than $485 million for the current year as the Legislature struggled to fill a $1.3 billion budget hole.

Corrections Director Joe Allbaugh said in a news release Thursday that the "aggressive request" is needed to repair critical problems and invest in the department's long-term future.

The request includes $10.3 million in salaries that includes pay raises and nearly $849 million for two new, 2,000 bed, medium-security prisons.

Allbaugh says the department has been "largely ignored" for more than 30 years and that Oklahoma taxpayers need to understand "the picture" of state prisons.

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