Re: Doubts about being on lockdown
LOCK-DOWNS can also serve to save the state $$$$ ........
Washington state has found a way to save money on prisons -- restrict inmates to their cells one day a month and pare back staff.
Desperate to respond to slumping revenue, many states are looking to squeeze savings out of penitentiaries, with solutions ranging from lock-downs to turning inmates over to private companies.
Prisons in Washington state will go on lock-down one day a month through June, confining inmates to cells and adjacent living areas. That cuts the need for resources and lets wardens send some staff home -- without pay.
Washington state ran a trial of the lock-downs and furloughs in November and opted last month for the program to go into effect the remainder of the fiscal year
"It's working as designed," Dan Pacholke, deputy director of prisons at the Washington State Department of Corrections in Olympia, told Reuters.
Savings from the furloughs in Washington state may reach $1 million and will be applied toward a targeted $48.4 million, or more than 6 per cent, cut in corrections spending demanded by Governor Christine Gregoire to help balance the state's books.
States look to save with lockdowns, private prisons
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