Executive Summary of the Five-Year Plan for Prison Construction
The Department of Correction's five-year plan includes a project need for funding of 24,748 beds over the next five years. This plan will provide enough prison beds to prevent early release of inmates through the year 2005. The estimated number of inmates is based on the Criminal Justice Estimating Conference held February 10, 1998 and reflects capacity issues in the Legislative Budget Request for 1999-2000. Included in this plan is construction of four new major institutions (5,996 Beds), six annexes to major institutions (8,994), two private facilities (1,847 beds), one special management unit (1,000 beds), ten work camps (2,880) and additions/expansion to existing institutions (4,031).
The plan increases the percentage of secure single cell beds throughout the department to deal with the increasing incarceration of violent inmates. This plan also addresses the need to keep increases in construction and operating costs to a minimum.