State Corrections Director Scott Frakes will propose a budget for the legislature to consider that would add more than 164 workers to the Department of Correctional Services and build a $75 million prison addition.
Frakes has released his budget proposal for the next two years. He proposes a nearly 7 ½% increase in the department’s budget, adding a bit more than $20 million to the operating budget.
Of the additional personnel requested, 135 would be prison guards. Additional personnel would provide various other services, such as medical and behavioral health. The department currently has 55 vacancies in health services.
The $75 million proposal would finance construction of a 32-bed skilled nursing home for elderly inmates and another 32 beds for mentally ill and dangerous prisoners. The new facility wouldn’t be operational until 2020 at the earliest.
The Unicameral will consider the next two-year state budget in the legislative session that begins in January.