In light of the recent budget adjustments, Arizona state officials have been forced to cut full time janitor positions and replace them with prisoners in hopes of saving money. The new plan is controversial, and state officials find themselves on both sides of the idea.
Arizona has experienced a $1.6 billion budget cut this year, and Allen Ecker, spokesman for the Department of Administration stated, “Every other option has been explored, and this is literally the absolute last resort.”
The Department of Administration recently cut 20 full-time custodians and will bring in low-level offenders to clean the bathrooms. The state has already seen a successful program where DUI offenders worked as janitors in the Department of Corrections and Administration building.
Supporters of this plan confirm that the inmates would be highly supervised, but others argue that it does not make for a safe work environment to have prisoners in the Statehouse. The proposed plan could also take place at the Senate, House and other buildings at the Capitol.
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