Friday, June 8, 2012
Mass. Department of Corrections Master Plan: 2020 Projections
"As a strategic capital plan, this Corrections Master Plan (CMP) has focused on the system as a whole in order to identify the most cost-effective approach to investing capital dollars in the Massachusetts Correctional System. This comprehensive approach provides a framework to meet the projected bedspace needs into 2020, address current overcrowding, and create a better coordinated system that is both efficient and cost-effective. Application of a new Standards–based capacity (CMP Baseline Capacity) indicates that the system housing 2009 populations has a current shortfall of approximately [over 9000] bedspaces, before considering growth in populations.
Without any capital improvements or modifications to operating procedures and policies, the shortfall to house the same populations is expected to climb to approximately 12,100 bedspaces by 2020. Based on the recommendation to gradually eliminate federal inmates and to reassign civil commitments to treatment settings, this shortfall could be reduced to approximately 10,250, requiring an estimated capital investment of $1.3 to $2.3 billion in today’s dollars and an increase of estimated annual operating costs totaling as much as $120 million."