Co-President Pro Tempore
Senator Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 418
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: August 16, 2007
Senator Glenn Coffee
Coffee: Wait for Prison Audit to Be Completed
Senate Co-President Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee said Thursday it is
“premature” for legislators to call for the construction of a new
government-run prison before a legislative performance audit of the
Department of Corrections is completed in December.
“Historically, when you take capital costs into account the state
has gotten a better bang for its buck when we use private prison
space. We’ll see in December if the performance audit shows that
this is still the case,” said Coffee, R-Oklahoma City.
Coffee said most of the problems faced by Oklahoma’s prison system
are due to liberal Democrats who have intentionally under-funded the
Department of Corrections.
“Unfortunately, liberal Democrats in the State Senate have
intentionally under-funded the Department of Corrections for decades
because most of them would prefer to let go many career criminals
and dangerous criminals instead of locking them up. Democrat leaders
have failed to make public safety funding a priority for many, many
years,” stated Coffee.
“Thankfully, law-and-order Republicans finally have enough numbers
in the Legislature to change things, and we’re doing just that,”
For more information, contact:
Senator Coffee's Office: (405) 521-5654