Justin Jones

State Auditor Gary Jones
State Auditor's Office

A recent audit of Oklahoma's prison system recommends more financial oversight from the governing board and a closer look at the increasing cost of health care.

The performance audit released Tuesday by State Auditor Gary Jones was requested by Gov. Mary Fallin following the resignation of former Department of Corrections Director Justin Jones.

The audit includes 10 recommendations to help the department reduce costs and better manage its inmate population. Among the recommendations is the creation of an audit committee to help the board ensure financial accountability.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections

The Oklahoma Board of Corrections this week is interviewing candidates who want to be the next director of the state's prison system.

The seven-member board planned to interview potential candidates Wednesday during a special meeting at DOC headquarters. The board also is planning additional interviews Thursday before its regular meeting.