S. Hrg. 113-873: Oversight of the Bureau of Prisons and Cost-Effective Strategies for Reducing Recidivism, Hearing Before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, November 6, 2013   [open pdf - 9MB]

This is the November 6, 2013 hearing on "Oversight of the Bureau of Prisons and Cost-Effective Strategies for Reducing Recidivism" held before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. From Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's opening statement: "Continued growth in Federal spending on prisons and detention poses a significant threat to all other Federal law enforcement activities. During the last fiscal year, the costs of detaining Federal inmates ate up more than 30 percent of the Justice Department's budget. Since 2000, costs associated with Federal prisons and detention have doubled. If nothing is done, these costs will continue to consume an ever larger share of the Department's budget, squeezing out other activities. While spending on Federal prisons has continued to grow, the system nevertheless remains dangerously over capacity. The inmate-to-staff ratio in our Federal prisons has increased significantly over the past decade, and each year we ask the men and women who guard our prisons--who walk the toughest beat in the State, as we say in Rhode Island--to do more with less. If we let these trends continue, we will be putting these brave men and women at serious and unnecessary risk." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Matt DeLisi, Nancy G. La Vigne, Charles E. Samuels, Jeffrey Sedgwick, John Tilley, and John E. Wetzel.

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