Odell: NH’s Growing Prison Population is Ticking $ Bomb

“One of the major cost drivers of state government is the Department of Corrections (DOC),” Senator Bob Odell writes in this week’s Capital Comments. “As across the country, the number of men and women incarcerated in New Hampshire has been growing dramatically.  That has pushed the DOC budget over $100 million per year with a large workforce of corrections officers operating three major facilities.”

And the prison population is predicted to grow at a rate of 3.8% per year unless some changes are made.  Add together the population growth, normal inflation, increasing inmate health care costs and contracted annual pay and benefits increases, and you have a ticking financial bomb.

Read Capital Comments for more…

Odell also writes this week about a July 4th flag raising ceremony at the Sugar River Mills Apartments and about some rock mining in the area. Gilsum, Alstead and Unity’s have a mining heritage rather unique to New England.

One Response

  1. Let’s face it, those of us on the ‘outside’ often have to work 40-60 hours to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table. We pay for gym memberships, cable TV and continuing education. More often than not we pay big bucks for health insurance … or don’t have any at all.

    When these guys get used to getting all these perks for nothing, why they heck would they want to swap it for life on the outside when they suddenly have to WORK for all the freebies!

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