Governor Doyle on out-of-state prisoners

Governor Doyle is taking credit for a sharp drop in the number of state prisoners who are no longer housed out-of-state. Doyle says bringing the inmates back to Wisconsin has saved a lot of money. During Wednesday's announcement, Doyle said the number of inmates housed out-of-state has fallen from 1,300 to about 850 since April. The governor says during the 1990's the states prison population more than doubled, by the end of 1996 Wisconsin began paying out-of-state prisons to hosue Wisconsin inmates. At one time the Wisconsin led the nation in housing out-of-state prisoners. The remaining inmates are incarcerated at private prisons in Minnesota and Oklahoma run by Corrections Corporation of America.

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