The Joint Finance Committee today approved 11-4 along party lines reallocating $7.1 million in existing Corrections funds to address a shortfall in the general operations budget driven by continued high inmate health costs.
The department budgeted $80.6 million in 2017-18 for some inmate health costs, but is now expected to spend $90.7 million.
Of the $7.1 million that will be reallocated, $5.3 million will come from the agency’s appropriation for prison contract beds and $1.8 million from services for drunk driving offenders. Both programs have surpluses.
The agency plans to make up the rest ...