- Associated Press - Sunday, November 27, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Here’s the breakdown of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ nearly $1.65 billion budget request for the fiscal year that begins July 1:

SALARY INCREASES: About $10 million to pay for 5 percent salary increase to recruit and retain staff.

IMMEDIATE FACILITY NEEDS: More than $123 million to repair and replace aging and deteriorating infrastructure and systems at all facilities.

INMATE HEALTH CARE: Almost $161 million to maintain standards of health care, as well as combat rising medical and mental health costs and take care of the aging population.

PROGRAMS: $3.9 million for additional staffing and resources to teach inmates the skills they will need when released from incarceration.

FLEET VEHICLES: $3.8 million to replace vehicles that are averaging 200,000 miles and are not cost-effective to maintain.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: Almost $6.4 million to improve the agency’s operational performance.

COMMUNITY SENTENCING: About $996,000 for additional staffing and resources to expand the program, which is an alternative to incarceration.

FOOD AND CLOTHING: $3.2 million to support menu changes to improve the quality, satisfaction and nutritional balance of meals served to the inmate population.

TRAINING: $928,000 to equip staff with the proper knowledge and skills to carry out their responsibilities safely and effectively.

RECORDS AND MEDICAL SECURITY UNITS: About $547,000 to maintain the operational performance of facilities.

PROBATION AND PAROLE: About $1.8 million for additional staffing and resources to expand supervision of released inmates, decreasing the likelihood of recidivism.

AUDIT AND COMPLIANCE: $97,000 to maintain the operational performance.

EVALUATION AND ANALYSIS: $254,000 for additional staff to ensure Offender Management System data is accurately entered and maintained.

NEW MEDIUM-SECURITY FACILITIES: Almost $850 million to build and operate two 2,000-bed prisons to manage the projected growth of the state’s inmate population.

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