Rick Scott’s plan to slash prison spending called a ‘hoax,’ ‘shell game’

Source: Steve Bousquet, Times/Herald, September 23, 2010

TALLAHASSEE — Rick Scott’s plan to curtail state spending and create 700,000 new jobs includes slashing $1 billion from the prison budget by cutting salaries, reducing health care costs and expanding inmate-run vegetable farms….In his campaign literature, Scott proposes to model Florida after Texas by “reducing per-prisoner costs to Texas’ level.” That worries the PBA, because Texas pays a first-year prison guard about $3,000 a year less than Florida’s starting salary of $31,000….Scott’s plan also would require prisons to grow more of their own food for inmates to eat, but prison officials say that would provide minor cost savings. The agency fired two private food service vendors two years ago and now cooks all prison meals in house to save money.
See also:
Prison spending plays major role in debate over projected state budget deficit (Updated)
Source: Travis Pillow, Florida Independent, 12.07.10
Prison dilemma awaits Scott / Goal is to find savings without seeming soft on crime
Source: Lloyd Dunkelberger, Herald-Tribune, December 12, 2010
Scott’s corrections budget calls for more private prisons
Source:Travis Pillow, Florida Independent, 02.08.11

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