DALLAS — Overcrowding in Oklahoma prisons could be relieved with proceeds from a proposed $310 million bond issue that would add 4,000 new beds at eight correctional facilities across the state.

Sen. Richard Lerblance, D-Hartshorne, filed a measure on Tuesday that would authorize the Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority to issue up to $309.6 million of 25-year lease revenue bonds to finance expansion and renovation efforts at various correctional facilities. The facilities would then be leased to the Department of Corrections, with debt service on the bonds supported by lease payments provided through annual legislative appropriations.

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