The State Corrections Department is coming to grips with a Holden Administration withholding plan that will see the Department lose $6.4 Million from its general revenue budget. In addition to losing $6.4 Million of the $67.1 Million in withholdings, the Corrections Department must absorb the loss of 550 jobs. The jobs are vacant and will remain so. Department Director Gary Kempker says there’s good news in that those job cuts are vacancies that will go unfilled and there are no vacancies from among prison security personnel, so he says the public is not threatened in any way. Kempker says the department will deal with the situation because it has braced for the cuts since the budget crunch began. Kempker says staffing levels at prisons will not be reduced.
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