Idaho prisons get $195M, but the budget could still rise

Boise, ID


By Gina Jameson


BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ Legislative budget writers backed a $195
million Idaho prisons budget for fiscal year 2009, though the
amount could rise if lawmakers agree to convert a prison warehouse
near Boise into a drug-treatment facility.

The current year's budget is $184 million.

Brent Reinke, state prisons director, on Tuesday called his new
spending package lean but acceptable because of dour tax revenue

It includes $24 million to house 500 prisoners in Texas and
Oklahoma and hundreds of others in county jails in Idaho.

Still to be considered is the $5 million Governor Butch Otter
wants to turn an Idaho Correctional Center warehouse into a therapy
center with beds for 304 drug-addicted inmates.

The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee will consider that

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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