Understaffing Alleged in Crowded Illinois Prisons

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Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s 2004 budget would increase his prison system’s budget, but union leaders do not believe it addresses understaffing, the Quad City Times reports.

Blagojevich wants a $76.3 million increase in the prison budget, but The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents more than 12,000 corrections workers,

says, “We are dangerously understaffed among frontline DOC [Department of Corrections] employees.” Under the governor’s 2004 budget, the staff would be reduced by 1,270, mostly through early retirement.

An Illinois auditor general report said that the agency’s 2002 inmate population decreased by 2,209 to 45,455. However, the number still was 10,468 more than the state correction system was designed to house.

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