(2/25/13) Wisconsin prisons are getting an extra nine-million tax dollars, because inmate populations have not dropped as expected.
The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee voted 16-to-nothing today in favor of the additional funding. The current state budget assumed that the prisons would lose a net of 28-hundred inmates over the two-year budget period that ends June 30th. Instead, the population of male prisoners has gone up by almost 700 from what was expected in the current fiscal year. Lawmakers had cut 52-million-dollars from the corrections' budget.