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  • mcprison mcprison Feb 16, 2001 8:28 PM Flag

    CCA tries to fill beds in NM

    Albuquerque Journal

    February 15, 2001, Thursday

    SECTION: Pg. A6

    LENGTH: 442 words

    HEADLINE: Torrance Jail May Import Prisoners

    BYLINE: Jennifer Archibeque Journal Staff Writer

    BODY:


    Empty beds at the Torrance County Detention Facility in Estancia could be
    filled with minimum-security Bureau of Prisons inmates, providing more revenue
    to Estancia and higher salaries for correctional officers.

    A representative from Corrections Corporation of America, or CCA, and a
    private consultant proposed such a plan to the Estancia Board of Trustees at its
    regular meeting Tuesday.

    David King, business manager at the private CCA-run prison, and James
    Schumann, a consultant from Texas, told trustees that CCA is interested in
    housing Bureau of Prisons minimum-security inmates.

    The bureau is responsible for the custody and care of 146,000 federal
    offenders, according to the organization's Web site. Schumann said its
    minimum-security inmates are often in prison for offenses like violating
    immigration laws.

    "We could downgrade from maximum-security inmates to minimum-security
    inmates," said King. Although CCA officials have denied it, King said Tuesday
    that maximum-security inmates are being housed at the Estancia prison.

    To house Bureau of Prisons inmates, Estancia would have to enter an
    intergovernmental agreement with the Bureau of Prisons, Schumann said. Under
    such an agreement, CCA would be a service provider, and a go-between called a
    monitor would be employed by the town as a liaison between Estancia and the
    prison.

    Schumann said the agreement could make the prison safer by reducing the
    number of higher-risk prisoners, providing higher salaries and giving Estancia
    control over what goes on there.

    For the Bureau of Prisons to accept such an agreement, however, Estancia
    would have to buy the land on which the prison sits, the prison itself or the
    land and the prison, Schumann said.

    The incentive for CCA, which owns the prison, is to get more inmates there,
    he said. Schumann said fewer than 400 inmates are being housed at the Torrance
    County Detention Facility, which could hold about 900 inmates.

    "It's a multimillion-dollar facility that's not being fully used," King said.

    In addition, correctional officers there are being lost to other facilities,
    he said. King said officers get paid a little over $8 an hour at the Estancia
    prison and they are monitoring "maximum-security" inmates.

    Schumann said the Bureau of Prisons could pay about $11 an hour if its
    inmates were housed at Estancia.

    A similar proposal was made to Torrance County on Jan. 31 and Feb. 2 but
    county officials were not interested, Schumann said.

    Trustees said they would consider what Schumann and King had proposed and
    have scheduled a special meeting to discuss the matter further on Feb. 24 at 9
    a.m.

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    • overdawall,
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      You made the point before I did, and you
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    • Study: Prisons Filled During Clinton Years

      By KAREN GULLO
      .c The Associated Press

      WASHINGTON (Feb. 19) - Tough policies, more prisons, more police officers and longer sentences led to more Americans going to prison or jail during the Clinton administration than during any past administration, says a new report from a think tank.

      During President Clinton's eight years in office, 673,000 people were sent to state and federal prisons and jails, compared with 343,000 during President Bush's single term and 448,000 in President Reagan's two terms, says a study by the Justice Policy Institute, an arm of The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice.

      The center advocates more balance between incarceration and treatment for criminals.

      The incarceration rate at the end of the Clinton administration was 476 per 100,000 citizens, versus 332 per 100,000 at the end of Bush's term and 247 per 100,000 at the end of Reagan's administration, the study said.

      Incarceration rates for blacks increased to 3,620 per 100,000 from around 3,000 per 100,000 people during Clinton's two terms.

      Two million people are behind bars and 4.5 million are on probation and parole, according to the study, which is based on Justice Department figures and estimates from 1993 to 2000.

 
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