As many as 20 other California state prisons will get electric fences in upcoming years. The California DOC estimates the fences could save the state $34 million a year by reducing the number of tower guards. They did not disclose how much it costs to operate and maintain the electric fence.
"The fence doesn't get distracted, it doesn't look away for a moment and it doesn't get tired," Warden K.W. Prunty was quoted as saying, "We already had a lethal perimeter. This is simply a way to keep that same level of security while saving money."
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