In December the New York state DOC began installing 3,000 new bunks in 10 prisons as part of a $40 million emergency program designed to help with overcrowding. The state also hired 760 new guards, many of whom had been laid off in 1991.
The new bunks will be placed on top of existing beds in medium security prisons. There will be no double bunking in maximum-security prisons. State DOC officials said the emergency double bunking plan was intended to reduce a backlog of 3,000 sentenced prisoners in New York City jails awaiting transfer to the DOC.
From: Corrections Today
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