McALESTER, Okla. -- Hoping to draw attention to the funding needs of the Department of Corrections, a group of lawmakers walked the floor of the Oklahoma State Penitentiary on Monday in the garb of prison guards Monday.
The short tour of duty came after Sen. Kenneth Corn, D-Poteau, held an appropriations subcommittee meeting in the warden's board room. Corn, whose Senate budget subcommittee handles prison funding, said conditions at the penitentiary illustrated problems throughout the system.
"We want to be tougher on crime than any other state around us," said Corn, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety. "We have got to find some creative solutions for funding."