New Prison Units Will Save Corrections Dollars

ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) - State Department of Corrections officials are rolling out new, more efficient prison units in hopes of shaving $66 million in costs from their $1.2 billion budget.

The "Fast Track units" will house 256 inmates. They're larger than current units and can operate with fewer than 25 corrections officers, compared to more than 40 required for traditional prison units.

Officials will open seven of them - with a capacity for 1,800 inmates - over the next six months. They include units in Macon, Dooly and Smith state prisons opening this month, and units at Coastal, Ware, Valdosta and Hayes slated to open in late February.

The seven units will save about $41 million a year.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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