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Prison taps inmates to digitize its records

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The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is in the process of converting more than 400,000 paper files, microfilm and X-rays to digital files with the help of inmates.

The scanning process begins in an old gymnasium where racks and racks of tightly packed metal shelves hold archaic records on prisoners going back a century.

The project could take five years or more, with an added problem: That now-crowded gym, whose use for prisoner recreation is mandated by law, can’t currently be accessed for such purposes, opening the Department of Corrections to a possible lawsuit.

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