February 4, 2006 - Posted at 2:02 p.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ Arkansas prison officials plan to shift two
million of seven-and-a-half million dollars in unspent
money for employee salaries and benefits to pay for mental-health
treatment buildings and other projects.
The money is to be used for treatment buildings at the East
Arkansas Regional Unit in Brickeys and the Varner Unit, an electric
security fence at the East Arkansas unit, and new kitchen and
laundry equipment at various prisons.
Prison officials had wanted to spend the remaining
five-and-a-half dollars to pay for outside medical care for
inmates, but members of the Legislative Council's Performance
Evaluation and Expenditure Review Committee rejected that plan.