Oklahoma City- Governor Frank Keating today called on the Board of Corrections to take advantage of an offer from a nationally known expert to do a thorough review of Oklahoma's prison system. At the Governor's request, Mike Quinlan has agreed to do the 60-90 day study if approved by the board.
Quinlan is Director of Strategic Planning for Corrections Corporation of America and is the former director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He has 25 years experience in all levels of corrections management.
"Mike Quinlan is a true corrections professional who is willing to come in and take a hard look at our prison system and make recommendations for improvement. He has agreed to help us free of charge and I believe his insight would be very valuable. I strongly urge the board to take him up on his offer," Governor Keating said.
Quinlan served as director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons from 1987-1992. In that position he worked closely with Governor Keating, then a top Justice official, and Oklahoma Public Safety Director Bob Ricks, who was an FBI agent in Washington at the time.
"The Department of Corrections needs an independent, outside review and Mike Quinlan is the person to do it. I know of no better corrections expert in the nation suited for this task," Ricks said.
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