Idaho corrections to bring back prisoners from other states - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Idaho corrections to bring back prisoners from other states

BOISE, Idaho. - The legislative budget writing committee has approved a plan to cut the Idaho Department of Correction 2010 budget by almost $30 million, in part by bringing Idaho inmates back from other states.

The department is due to receive around $170 million from the state and federal government. In 2009, it received $196.7 million.

The House and Senate must still approve the budget.

Over the last 4 years, Idaho has created 628 new beds in prisons across the state.

Caldwell Republican Rep. Darrell Bolz told the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee Tuesday that some inmates are in Oklahoma.

Idaho pays $60 per day to house the inmates there. Moving the inmates to Idaho will save the state $7 million next year. Bolz says all inmates should be back in Idaho by August.

The budget also cuts $4.45 million from personnel costs.

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