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Watching the Budget Process ~ An Unnecessary Jail

The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) has introduced at least 2 measures into the proposed state budget that need to be watched because they provide a little bit of funding “in anticipation” of projects down the road.  Once we’ve spent money on a “study”, it creates rationale for going forward with a questionable project.

One such measure is $5 million that has been slipped into the Capital Budget to purchase land and to make improvements in anticipation of a new prison to be built in Brown County.  This is an expenditure that neither the Governor nor the Department of Corrections requested; and it is a terrible idea.

WISDOM agrees with those who say we should have a goal of closing the Green Bay Correctional Institution (GBCI) within the next 4 or 5 years, and sooner if possible.  If the state follows through on supporting a renewed Parole Commission, on looking for ways to reduce crimeless revocations, and on increasing investment in Treatment Alternatives and Diversions (TAD), the prison population will be reduced sufficiently so that there will be no need to replace GBCI.

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