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Agency Veteran Picked as New Oklahoma Prisons Boss

State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has appointed a longtime Department of Corrections veteran to lead the agency.

Stitt on Friday announced Scott Crow would serve as the agency's executive director. A 23-year employee of the agency, Crow has served as the agency's interim director since June, when his predecessor Joe Allbaugh abruptly resigned.

In a statement, Stitt praised Crow for helping organize re-entry fairs ahead of a mass commutation and for improving morale among agency employees.

"This is a post I accept with humility, a sense of duty, no illusions of the work that lies ahead - and an eye toward what works in corrections," Crow said in a statement. "I look forward to continue assisting the governor as we manage and improve this critical agency, and help make Oklahoma a Top Ten state – and ODOC a Top Ten state correctional agency."

As of Thursday morning, the there were 25,168 inmates in Oklahoma prisons, with another 31,915 under community supervision and 548 in county jails awaiting housing in prison.