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BUDGET (Continued from page 1)

  • Reduction in the inmate housing fund of $79.2 million and re-investment of $47.9 mil- lion into the Cost-Effective Housing Initiative to house prisoners as cost efficiently as pos- sible including the establishment of a public- private partnership for housing approximately 1,750 prisoners. Savings of $31.3 million are expected;

  • Privatization of Special Alternative Incarcera- tion Program, saving $1 million;

  • Reduction in prisoner education, saving $3.6 million;

  • $470,300 in funding for new cus- tody staff training;

  • $10 million in restricted revenue generated through payments by recipients who use the public works program; and

  • Miscellaneous changes resulting in $11.26 million in savings.

Boilerplate language in the bill includes efforts to find savings, reduce expenditures, and report findings in certain areas including:

  • Encouraging the Department to sell, rent or otherwise repurpose closed correctional fa- cilities;

  • Reporting on long-term vacancies within the Department;

  • Encouraging the Department to maintain a ratio of 5 employees to one supervisor in Central Office and the Northern and South- ern Region offices;

  • Reinvesting funds into re-entry programming established and supported by faith-based or- ganizations;

  • $250,000 to the Corrections Legislative Om- budsman for oversight activities;

  • $500,000 from County Jail Reimbursement Program funding to support a “swift-and- sure” sanction pilot program;

  • DNA testing for probationers and prisoners housed at Special Alterative Incarceration;

  • Reporting expenditures on psychotropic medications including details on any changes to the Department’s drug formularies and progress in complying with the Auditor General’s report on pharma- ceutical policies;

    • Encouraging the Department to contract with local governments for

continuation of public works programs;

  • Quarterly reports on assaultive and sex of- fender program enrollment and waiting lists;

  • Exploring public-private partnerships, utilizing private facilities and recently closed facilities to house prisoners in the most cost-efficient manner possible;

  • Economic adjustments of $58.3 million for retirement costs, worker’s compensation, and fuel and utility costs; and

  • Contracting with a Michigan-based company for the procurement of drug testing services in correctional facilities.

F.Y.I. will continue providing information related to the budget as it becomes available.

JUNE 3, 2011


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