Wis. prison towers unmanned at night in state plan

Provision in the 2015-17 state budget bill would eliminate overnight staffing of prison towers


By Adam Rodewald
Press-Gazette Media

ALLOUEZ — Some village officials are raising red flags about a state plan to eliminate prison tower guards that seems all but certain to pass the state Legislature.

The provision in the 2015-17 state budget bill would eliminate overnight staffing of prison towers. Supporters say modern security technology is adequate to keep watch over inmates during the night. Critics warn losing human guards could make it easier for prisoners to escape or for others to smuggle contraband into the prison.

Village of Allouez officials have an added level of concern because the Green Bay Correctional Institute on Riverside Drive has an outdated design and is closely bordered by residential neighborhoods.

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