Corrections department cuts 100 beds at Anchorage halfway house
The Alaska Department of Corrections has a plan to save millions of dollars by cutting beds at Anchorage’s largest halfway house.
DOC spokesman Corey Allen-Young said the state will stop funding 100 of the 238 beds at the Cordova Center downtown. Allen-Young said the beds were routinely going unfilled but the state was still paying a private contractor for them.
“We saw in the Cordova Center there was 100 beds that weren’t being used,” Allen-Young said. “If nobody is using those beds, we can stop paying for [them] and save some money. We are looking to make cost savings. That was one that didn’t have any impact because if nobody is using the beds, nobody is missing out.”
Allen-Young said the savings would be substantial — $8,500 a day or $3.1 million a year. He said the savings would be used to help pay high overtime costs for corrections officers, costs he said are a big part of the DOC’s budget.
The state Legislature has expressed interest in putting more people into halfway houses as opposed to prison because it’s cheaper. Allen-Young acknowledged that and said if the department needs additional beds it’s easy to get them back. He added that the Cordova Center isn’t the only halfway house in Anchorage. It’s one of four in the city and eight in the state.
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