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69 Ways to Save $$$
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What do 22 jail leaders in locations across the United States have to say about saving money? Plenty!

Jail funding has been an issue as long as jails have existed. When economic times are good, jail leaders focus on getting the most impact from a workable budget. When the squeeze is on, the question becomes how to continue to operate, and operate safely.

The U.S. recession has affected county governments in different ways. Some jails are being held to zero percent budget growth, though they are obliged to meet cost-of living wage adjustments. Other jails must actually cut their budgets. Actual or anticipated budget pressures create the need to find new solutions.

To learn how jails have responded to the recent economic downturn, Connie Clem contacted jail administrators from across the United States. This article summarizes the ideas and strategies that are enabling them to deliver on their commitment to public safety. Two themes that emerged involve reducing services without losing what’s essential, and preserving those line items that actually create savings. These savings may be seen within the jail itself, in the broader public safety system, or elsewhere in government.

"69 Ways to Save Millions" was published by the American Jail Association in American Jails 23(5), November-December 2009. Cited here by permission of AJA and the author.

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Posted Thu, Jan 27 2011 11:22 AM by Connie Clem
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