Gov. Rick Scott’s budget proposal, announced yesterday, would cut the Department of Corrections budget by $82 million, seeking to close two prisons, letting go of thousands of workers, and to maximize private prison capacity.
Gov. Rick Scott’s budget proposal, announced yesterday, would cut the Department of Corrections budget by $82 million, seeking to close two prisons, letting go of thousands of workers, and to “maximize private prison capacity.” #
The Department of Corrections would bear the brunt of Scott’s plan to eliminate nearly 8,700 positions throughout state government (many of which, he said, are vacant), accounting for almost a fifth of the total positions cut under Scott’s plan. #
Most of the staff cuts would come in the area prison operations, where Scott expects to find more than $200 million in savings. His budget also sets aside more than $200 million for private prison operations, and proposes mandating savings of 7 percent on private prison contracts. #
Scott also wants to spend $32.5 million to renegotiate private prison contracts to “maximize private prison capacity,” which would generate $29 million in “savings from maximizing private prison capacity.”#
His plan would also consolidate various probation and parole operations under the umbrella of “community supervision,” and increase funding for prisoner education and rehabilitation programs by $5 million — measures that have been recommended as part of an effort to save money while reducing crime. #
Scott also plans to save more than $4 million on prisoner food costs — possibly by requiring inmates to grow more of their own. #