Prisons reporter Graham Lee Brewer recently visited the Kate Barnard Community Corrections Center, where inmates are working in a leaky gymnasium to digitize some 400,000 files.
Oklahoma Department of Corrections staff say that the arduous task will take them years, and that it exposes them to risks ranging from lawsuits to wrongful releases. And, of course, the unthinkable. From Brewer's report:
“You're not supposed to ask that kind of question, because we don't have a very good answer,” said Interim Corrections Director Joe Allbaugh, when asked what would happen if the building were to burn down. “Exposure. We're toast.”
You can read the rest of the story here, and for a real look at just how badly antiquated the record-keeping system is, see staff photographers Nate Billings' and Chris Landsberger's photos below.