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In the midst of tax caps, funding cuts and aged facilities, county, state and federal prison operators must continue to secure and provide the correct care to an exploding inmate population. Without the correct funding, this becomes immensely difficult. This eBook presents 9 fresh ideas to help operators do more when it seems nothing can be done but beg.

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  • 1. Introduction In the midst of tax caps, funding cuts and aged facilities, county, state and federal prison operators must continue to secure and provide the correct care to an exploding inmate population. Without the correct funding, this becomes immensely difficult. This eBook will present 9 fresh ideas to help operators do more when it seems nothing can be done but beg.In the summer of 2009, the state of California, suffering from budget cuts, overcrowding and prison healthcare concerns, was forced by federal authorities to reduce the prison This eBook will population by more than 40,000 inmates over the following two years. Early prisoner release ensued-straining public safety.present 9 fresh In the midst of funding cuts, without implementing the ideas in this eBook, local, state and ideas to help federal prisons all across the United States will be forced to take the same steps as California.operators domore when itseems nothingcan be donebut beg.www.performainc.comSo You Dont Have a Rich Uncle9 Fresh Tactics That Combat Funding Shortages

2. In this eBook you will learn how these 9 tactics can help you do more with less-stay in the black, not the red.1. Utilize the inmate workforce2. Outsource operations to a private operator3. Shop around for the best price4. Avoid lawsuits at all costs5. Weigh the costs of facility updates to new building operations savings6. Build small and plan big7. Improve inmate and staff flow throughout the facility8. Implement green tactics9. Research how other operators save money www.performainc.com So You Dont Have a Rich Uncle9 Fresh Tactics That Combat Funding Shortages 3. If, when reading this eBook, you realize Performa hasn't covered a proven way to save money, let them know by taking their one-question survey: How have you helped your facility(s) save money?Performa is dedicated to providing information that shows operators how to become more efficient. Performa will publish your ideas on their blog. www.performainc.com So You Dont Have a Rich Uncle9 Fresh Tactics That Combat Funding Shortages 4. Utilize the inmate workforce Cut unnecessary staffing needs and help your inmates burn off energy, that is otherwise spent in more destructive ways and costs you more money. There are tasks that can be accomplished without hiring additional staff. To list a few: Laundry Yard work on the correctional facility or around1the city Painting/renovating the correctional facility ormunicipal building CookingWhile these tasks can easily be accomplished by your inmates, it is essential to hire supervisors that can oversee and guide these tasks without problem.www.performainc.com So You Dont Have a Rich Uncle 9 Fresh Tactics That Combat Funding Shortages 5. Outsource operations to a private operator Utilizing their own financing, without needing the populous vote, private companies can build secure prisons, provide healthcare, operate prisons and provide necessary services faster and cheaper than governments. According 2 2 to a Reuter article, prison operators can save 10 to 20 percent on the cost of housing an inmate by outsourcing to private players. Allowing a private operator to run a larger prison and closing down several smaller state prisons, Florida projected savings of $20 million dollars a year.In a 2001 study, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance, part of the Justice Department, noted that privately operated prisons function as well as publicly operated prisons. While it makes sense to outsource to a private operator financially, problems can arise with faulty drafted contracts and lack of oversight by states.Here are a few pointers when outsourcing operations: www.performainc.comSo You Dont Have a Rich Uncle 9 Fresh Tactics That Combat Funding Shortages 6. Outsource operations to a private operator Determine your goals and what you want to get out of outsourcing to a private operator Develop public policy on private prison operations Set up criteria for success in order to measure if the private operator delivered required correctional services33 Devote careful attention to ensure the contract provides adequate protection of inmate rights and protects you from liability claims Use a competitive bidding process when contracting to avoid favoritism and/or improprietywww.performainc.comSo You Dont Have a Rich Uncle9 Fresh Tactics That Combat Funding Shortages 7. Outsource operations to a private operator Make sure the following items are included in the RFP or contract: The responsibilities of each party Expected levels of performance Staffing patterns Inmate activity plans Treatment plans4 Detailed operation plans Sanctions for not meeting performancebenchmarks or standards A clear payment structure Rebid provisions on a relatively short basis Explicit description of inmate type and level ofoffender Minimum and maximum inmate population levels Once a private operator is contracted, make sure to monitor the contract to ensure all provisions and guidelines are followedwww.performainc.com So You Dont Have a Rich Uncle 9 Fresh Tactics That Combat Funding Shortages 8. Shop around for the best price Much like shopping for airfare or a vehicle, shop around for the best prices on everything needed to run the prison or jail. From blankets to body armor and inmate orientation videos, sites such as www.corrections.com and www.correctionsone.com are great resources when seeking the best priced products. Their product sections allow you to compare several viable options side by side. 5 As mentioned above, when looking for the best deals on outsourced prison services, perform a competitive bidding process. Choose the private company that best fits your budget and meets your requirements. www.performainc.comSo You Dont Have a Rich Uncle 9 Fresh Tactics That Combat Funding Shortages 9. Avoid lawsuits at allcosts In California, Lawrence Bittaker sued the state because his cookie was broken. As one of the 40 lawsuits the death row inmate filed, the suit cost the state $4,500 dollars before a judge tossed it out two years later. In a similar situation, Kevin Howard sued the state because he believed his thoughts were broadcasted on prison loudspeakers. His case cost the state $18,500 dollars. 6While these frivolous cases are hard to avoid without legislative oversight, reducing overcrowding, which spurs conflicts, prevents effective medical care and diminishes the ability to meet basics, will avoid millions of dollars in lawsuits each year. Three nights in a During the time of the Chino prison riot in August of 2009, the facility was nearly 50 percent over capacity. A cage with 10 other man incarcerated in the Chino Institute of Men, Calif., wrote an anonymous letter describing his treatment after men. And no water, the riot. Identified as inmate 1081, he wrote, "My story is no restroom just as drastic as the others. Three nights in a cage with 10 other men. And no water, no restroom facilities. I have facilities. I have kidney problems. It was torture for me."kidney problems. It Prison conditions is another common type of lawsuit thatwas torture for me." can be avoided with proper upkeep of facilities. www.performainc.comSo You Dont Have a Rich Uncle 9 Fresh Tactics That Combat Funding Shortages 10. Weigh the costs of facility updates and new building operations savings Building a new $169.4 million dollar facility is a scary number for operators just trying to survive budget and funding cuts. But when comparing that number to the potential7 operations savings over a period of time, that number becomes more feasible.For instance, Pennsylvania, when faced with the option of building a new, larger facility or continuing operations at two facilities, realized where real savings would come from. Feasibility studies showed that over thirty years the single, larger facility could operate at $22 million dollars less than the operations cost of two older facilities. The larger facility would also be able to house 367 more inmates.An Oklahoma jail, when forced to either repair facility inadequacies or have the federal government step in to force funding for a new facility, compared the price of building new to the price of updates needed. Oklahoma was shown that the costs of remodeling and building new were practically identical when considering annual operating costs for the new facility. www.performainc.comSo You Dont Have a Rich Uncle9 Fresh Tactics That Combat Funding Shortages 11. Build small and planbig So you have the funding and you are moving ahead with plans to build As the prison population trends continue to increase at nearly 0.4 percent annually, build for today's population and plan to accommodate tomorrows population. An easily expandable and flexible design will save upfront costs now and into the future. When planning a new facility, take into account these three considerations:8 A building that is flexible will allow for a prisonto bring on multiple clients as future businessdecisions are made. Not planning optimal infrastructure forexpansion projects will drive up future costs.An easily The physical layout of the administration and expandablesupport services building impacts the ease offuture expansion and construction without and flexibledisrupting existing operations. design will save Land selection should be conducive to futureupfront costsexpansion.now and intothe future. www.performainc.comSo You Dont Have a Rich Uncle9 Fresh Tactics That Combat Funding Shortages 12. Improve inmate andstaff flow throughoutthe facility Optimizing inmate and staff movement throughout the entire facility has proven to increase safety and workforce productivity. Restricting interaction between visitors and weekend visitors from standard prison population is proven to reduce the amount of contraband throughout the prison. Understanding prison flow in the pre-design process 9 eliminates unsupervised, blind areas where problems are