Rep. Mike Shelton, D-Oklahoma City, issued this statement Tuesday regarding Justin Jones’ resignation as the director of the Department of Corrections:

“I am saddened that Jones is stepping down as director of the Department of Corrections. He put Oklahoma on the map nationally in corrections reform and reducing recidivism and he worked hard to make sure the officers and staff in his agency were treated fairly. All of Oklahoma was safer for his efforts to strengthen the DOC. His heart was in the right place during his long career with the state and his expertise and experience in corrections will be hard to replace.”