Oklahoma To Close Minimum Security Prison, Costs Cited

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections on Wednesday announced plans to close the minimum security William S. Key Correctional Center in Fort Supply.

The prison about 135 miles (217 kilometers) northwest of Oklahoma City will be closed by the end of the year due to the anticipated costs of needed repairs and maintenance, according to prison Director Scott Crow.

"In order to assure the safety of our staff and inmates and act as proper stewards of the taxpayer funds we are entrusted with, this decision had to be made,” Crow said.

The approximately 1,000 inmates will be transferred to other minimum security prisons, the department said.

The DOC currently operates 23 state prisons.