Group of Afghan officials touring SC prison

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A delegation of Afghan officials is touring a South Carolina prison to get ideas about how to run a correctional system on a tight budget.

South Carolina Corrections Department Director Jon Ozmint says a group of about 20 officials from the Afghanistan government are in Columbia on Monday to tour Broad River Correctional Institution.

This is the second group from Afghanistan to visit South Carolina's prisons in the past four years. Ozmint says the officials are interested in seeing how the state funds its corrections agency, which spends less per inmate than nearly every other state in the country.

An Iraqi delegation toured the same prison in 2007. Ozmint says officials from Kurdistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo also have visited the department.

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