MADISON — The
Legislature's budget committee has approved spending an additional
$5 million above previous estimates to pay for housing inmates in
the state prison system.
action Tuesday was needed because the prison population growth
estimates in Gov. Scott Walker's budget released in February are
already outdated for both the state's female and male prison
Fiscal Bureau says the state will have to house about 150 more
female prisoners and about 800 more male prisoners over the
two-year budget than Walker forecast.
approved converting beds at the Sturtevant Transitional Facility
for use by long-term male prisoners and contracting for additional
beds elsewhere. It did not approve opening a new wing at the
women's prison in Taycheedah for housing female inmates at a
vacant juvenile prison.