Oklahoma To Bring Back State Inmate Labor Program

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is bringing back its work program for state inmates.

Budget cuts brought the program to a halt when the department canceled its contract with a company that housed inmates assigned to work details in communities across the state.

The Tulsa World reports that five cities are already on the path to having inmates assigned to help with cleanup and landscaping chores - Collinsville, Glenpool, Jenks, Owasso and Tulsa.

Glenpool and Jenks have contracts for the labor that have been approved by the Corrections Department.

Inmates in the program are kept in halfway houses. The program selects nonviolent and non-sexual offenders.