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DOJ Seeks More Money for Prisons

On February 7, 1994, President Clinton submitted his proposed budget for fiscal year 1995 to congress. The Department of Justice (DOJ) is slated to receive $13.652 billion, a $2.679 billion increase over the 1994 budget. This figure includes $2.423 billion that the administration is seeking from a Crime Control Fund, part of the "anti-crime" legislation now pending before congress.

Included in the DOJ budget request is $450 million to activate 9,673 new prison beds and pay for increased operational costs of existing facilities. It also requests $83 million for construction of 4,224 beds and the leasing of private prisons. This breaks down to: $101 million to activate prisons in Beckley, WV; Coleman, FL; Butner, NC; Waseca, MN; medical facilities in Carswell AFB, TX and Ft. Devens, MA; a detention center in Oklahoma City; detention units at FCI Sheridan, OR, and FCI Seagoville, TX; and a housing expansion in FCI Stafford, AZ. These activations add up to 9,673 beds, which represent more than a 10 percent increase in Bureau of Prisons (BOP) bed space.

The $83 million will go to build new prisons, with the 4,224 beds, in Louisiana, Texas and California and leasing a facility in Oklahoma. There will be an increase of $28 million to cover the costs of projected increases in the average daily BOP population to 92,677 in 1995. This increase will provide funds to put more prisoners into existing prisons. A $16 million increase will be spent on contracting out for secure bed space to private companies. These funds will be used to support an increase in the Community Corrections Population, provide housing for the Mariel Cubans, fund federal prisoners housed in state prisons and local jails, and help manage a joint FPS/INS contract facility in Eloy, AZ. $57 million will fund the costs associated with an expected 500,000 additional jail days in 1995. This is a 10 percent increase over 1994.

Source: Corrections Digest, Feb. 9, 1994

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