Florida Prison Deficit Balloons to $95.2 M

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida prisons are saving money through lower-cost contracts for paper towels, toilet paper and soap while inmates are wearing cheaper shoes in response to a budget deficit that has ballooned to $95.2 million.

Department of Corrections officials told a legislative panel on Wednesday that such internal cost-cutting steps, though, won't be enough to reduce the deficit to zero when the current budget year ends on June 30.

Corrections Secretary Mike Crews also told lawmakers that health care privatization in South Florida prisons will be completed next month.



 
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