— Sixty tower guard positions in 10 Wisconsin prisons
would be eliminated under a vote by the Legislature's
Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee on Tuesday
went along with Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to reduce
third-shift tower guard staffing. The cuts will save the
state about $5.9 million over the next two years.
of Corrections officials say anyone currently filling
those positions would be moved into other vacancies.
officials defend reducing staffing in the towers, saying
there's been only two inmate escape attempts during third
shift over the last 20 years. They say they can maintain
third-shift security using technology and perimeter
patrols instead of tower guards.
on the budget committee questioned whether safety would be
compromised by the cuts.