Prisons are almost full, so full there may came a day when they can't accept additional inmates. According to a report by KWTV Channel 9 News in Oklahoma City, updated on March 3, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections has requested additional funding to help with this problem.
“If they'd take care of business with all the prisoners on death row, it would free up some space,” Sidney Wallace, from Oklahoma City, said. “Convicted murderers sit on death row for decades, waiting to stop wasting my money to keep them alive, and not one seems to think that is a problem. Execute them and move other criminals into their cells.”
Oklahoma State prisons has a long list of prisoners, waiting in county jails, that need to be transferred to prisons. Many county jails are also at full capacity.
“We also have people in prison that was found guilty of having a little marijuana,” Wallace continued. “I'm against drug use, but I don't understand why there isn't something else that can be done with them. They aren't violent or dangerous. Let them do community service, make them take drug tests and make them get and keep a job. That would make room for murderers and rapists in our prisons.”
The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has requested $6 million to help solve this problem. It is unknown if the request will be granted.
Gov. Mary Fallin suggested an increase of $1 million to the Department of Corrections budget. The DOC had asked for a $60 million increase.