News and Document archive source
copyrighted material disclaimer at bottom of page

NewsMinesecurityprison-incarceration — Viewing Item

Overcrowded prisoners to take sleep shifts

Original Source Link: (May no longer be active)

Idaho ponders having prisoners sleep in shifts
Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:37 AM ET

By Shea Andersen

BOISE, Idaho (Reuters) - With space scarce as the U.S. prison population grows, a top Idaho lawmaker is proposing that inmates share beds by sleeping in shifts, a practice sometimes used by the U.S. military.

"Why does every inmate need his or her own bed?" asked State Sen. Robert Geddes. "The military does it all the time."

The issue arises as Idaho and other states stiffen penalties for drug-related crimes, putting a premium on prison space. Idaho has nearly 7,000 inmates, and that number is growing by nearly 7 percent a year.

Geddes, the Republican president of the State Senate, said taxpayers should not be responsible for the cost of transferring prisoners out of state, as Idaho does to ease overcrowding.

"The costs are tremendous," Geddes said in an interview.

Since unveiling his plan last week, he said he has received calls from inmate families who like the idea of having their incarcerated relatives closer to home instead of out of state.

But Idaho Corrections Division Director Tom Beauclair said on Tuesday that the idea would create more problems than it would solve.

"It would actually double the population at a facility," Beauclair said. "I don't have the staff to handle it. If you have an emergency, where do you put people?"

A prison overcrowding expert said the concept has been discussed for years but remains completely untested.

"I can't think of any correctional facility where people share a bunk," said Robert Sigler, a professor of criminal justice at the University of Alabama.

He warned that courts have tended to frown on prisons that are crowding their inmates, whether they have a bed or not. "It's not how many times you rotate that bed, it's how much living space you provide," Sigler said.

Reuters 2006. All Rights Reserved.

1 in 99 americans in jail { January 2008 }
25percent of worlds prisoners
3 days in nyc jails { November 23 2002 }
Black man imprisoned 25 years freed by dna { April 23 2007 }
Black man innocent of murder freed after 27 years { April 29 2008 }
Black prison rate reach peak { April 7 2003 }
British police new supergun for rioters { October 9 2005 }
California highest percapita jail population outside china { November 18 2003 }
Correctional population hits record 7m { July 26 2004 }
Correctional services corporation builds texas detention center
Corrections 7m ap
Corrections 7m reuters
Crime rose 2001
Dna clears florida man of 1981 rape and robbery { January 14 2006 }
Dna exoneration { August 26 2002 }
Dna tests free man in prison 25 years
Drug laws dont reduce drug crime
Fbi method sent innocent hundreds to prison { November 18 2007 }
Federal prisons packed
Halliburton contracted to build immigration jails
Highest adult imprisonment world { August 18 2003 }
Inmates not violent
Innocent british prisoner charged with living expenses
La riots one year later { April 29 2002 }
Lawmakers seek to end business boom behind bars { February 23 2005 }
Man cleared by dna after 17 years
Microsoft cheap labor in prisons { March 19 2001 }
Millions behind bars
One in 37 done time
One of every 75 men in prison { May 27 2004 }
Overcrowded prisoners to take sleep shifts
Poor lawyers in death sentence { June 26 2003 }
Prison labor grows { March 19 2000 }
Prisoner claims legal injection cruel and unusual { January 23 2006 }
Prisoners grew by 900 inmates a week during 2004 { June 30 2003 }
Prisons add 1000 inmates each week { May 21 2006 }
Prisons colleges
Racial segregation continues in california prisons
Record 7 million adults in prison system { October 2006 }
Record high
Sentencing in doubt after supreme court decision { June 25 2004 }
Supreme court gives sentencing power to juries { June 26 2004 }
Supreme court transforms sentence guidelines { January 13 2005 }
Uk prison population hits new record
Worlds highest incarceration rate { August 18 2003 }
Young inmates caged drugged state study finds { January 28 2004 }

Files Listed: 46


CIA FOIA Archive

National Security
Support one-state solution for Israel and Palestine Tea Party bumper stickers JFK for Dummies, The Assassination made simple