Audit Blasts Illinois Department of Corrections

ReviewAtlas.com and Illinois Issues Blog both ran articles recently on the recent Audit of IDOC.

http://www.reviewatlas.com/newsnow/x788083457/Audit-blasts-Illinois-Department-of-Corrections

http://illinoisissuesblog.blogspot.com/2009/08/overtime-costs-corrections.html

Quinn grapples with prison cuts amid budget mess

From The Carmi Times

“Close some prisons. Release low-risk inmates and hire more parole officers. Send imprisoned illegal immigrants to their home countries. Save hundreds of millions of dollars…Gov. Pat Quinn won’t publicly tip his hand”

Read the full article here:

http://www.carmitimes.com/news/x772312446/Quinn-grapples-with-prison-cuts-amid-budget-mess

Some Interesting OT Facts

The link alluded to in the previous post (see below) had some interesting facts so here is an abridged version.

“…The reason so many guards were able to more than double their salaries was mandatory overtime, which has been imposed by prison administrators because of understaffing.

Guards at prisons in Dwight, Stateville and Lincoln are working double shifts to fill positions left vacant because of staff reductions imposed under former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Read more of this >>

IDOC set to reach $67 million in overtime for fiscal year

The Illinois Policy Institute had a short article dated Aug 4th. This time I am not providing a link to the story. It provides a link to another article which names two Dwight CC officers. So to maintain their privacy I am copying the entire article here without the links.

8/4/2009

by Jarad Perry

How would you like to make $100,000 a year?  Sounds great, right? Well, that is exactly what 40 Illinois Department of Correction prison guards made last year.

To put that into perspective, the current Director of the DOC makes $130,000 a year. Read more of this >>

At least 26 states spend less on prisons

From stateline.org

A $1 billion cost-cutting plan announced last week by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) will translate into layoffs for more than a thousand state prison workers.”

http://www.stateline.org/live/details/story?contentId=418338

Plan says IDOC could hire and save money.

The Southern is reporting that there is a bipartisan plan that could save hundreds of  C/O’s jobs.

“The Bost-Phelps plan indicates between 700 and 1,200 could be added to the IDOC workforce and the state would still save money compared to what it currently being used in overtime to cover extra shifts.”

Read more here:  http://www.southernillinoisan.com/articles/2009/08/10/breaking_news/doc4a80873c5fd97253300562.txt

Audit finds nearly $50 million paid in overtime in ’08

I think I may have posted these links already on the Facebook group, but I’m not sure. In any case, here they are for everyone.

Actually, the title is a little misleading. The first article says that the cost of overtime in 2006 “came to about $23.7 million. By 2008, those costs increased to $84.6 million”.  The article in the second link claims that “nearly $50 million” was paid in overtime in 2008. I thought that maybe the discrepancy was that the second article mistook the increase of the cost as the total cost, but the increase from 2006 to 2008 is $60.9 million. Am I missing something?

At the bottom of the second article is a link to the full audit report.

http://www.pjstar.com/news/x1900609417/Overtime-jumped-at-Department-of-Corrections-from-2006-2008

http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/article_c5023d64-845f-11de-82d0-001cc4c002e0.html