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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Inmate Moves and Double Bunking

Rocky Mountain News
....we actually have hundreds of beds open statewide. If we are going to fund recidivism reduction for long term cost savings...this is one way we can do it.

The Colorado Department of Corrections would close two prisons and sell 1,000 acres of land as part of the state's efforts to eliminate a looming budget shortfall.

The two prisons slated for closure are the Colorado Womens' Correctional Facility (CWCF) in Canon City and the Rifle Correctional Center (RCC) in Rifle.

CWCF has about 200 inmates, many of whom will move to the La Vista Correctional Facility in Pueblo, said DOC spokeswoman Katherine Sanguinetti. La Vista is currently under capacity.

The remaining female offenders will go to the Denver Womens' Correctional Facility, where officials plan to "double bunk" 76 beds. The facility already does some double bunking.

"It hasn't really been an issue at this point. We'll just double bunk a few more," Sanguinetti said.

About 23,000 inmates are housed in Colorado's 23 state prisons and six private facilities monitored by DOC.

The agency's budget this fiscal year is $761 million.

Closing CWCF will save more than $5.2 million in fiscal year 2009-10. That cost savings includes personal services and benefits as well as operating expenditures, according to prison officials.

Closing the RCC, which has 192 beds, will save an estimated $606,021 in operating expenses, plus the state would receive revenue from the sale of the property.


Anonymous said...

this is a token gesture.Why not also actually release inmates, lots of them, say about 6ooo non violent offenders and do away with the mandatory parole which is nothing more than a second sentence for which no crime was committed. I call that slavery. Also cut the budget of the bloated staff in Colorado Springs headquarters. That budget of 761 million could be cut in half easily. djw

Anonymous said...

This is a step in the right direction but I still believe the answer is to end the "warehousing" and start releasing non-violent offenders, start giving offenders who have served most of their sentence with good behavior discretionary parole and end mandatory parole, which is nothing more then a second sentence setting the offender up for failure and return to prison.

Please stop by http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/end-mandatory-parole-in-colorado-now and sign the petition to end mandatory parole.

Anonymous said...

Notice that the DOC has no plans on releasing any prisoners, so that jobs will not be lost for state employees. They plan on cutting programs to prevent "offenders" (prisoners) from going right back to jail. There are no proposals to expand the programs for job credits for hiring prisoners. The state itself passes laws legalizing discrimination "in the interest of public safety".
Lets change the mandatory parole system to a probation system for every prisoner except the most violent ones.mpc

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