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VOL. 124 | NO. 52 | Tuesday, March 17, 2009

State Makes Changes to Figuring Incarceration Cost

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State officials are taking steps to more accurately determine incarceration costs in Tennessee.

James White, executive director of the state legislative Fiscal Review Committee, said Monday some lawmakers were concerned about the accuracy in calculating incarceration costs in preparing fiscal notes.

Speaking to the Joint Oversight Committee on Corrections, White revisited the methodology in determining costs and has incorporated a recidivism factor, as well as taking into account the actual length of time individuals serve in prison.

Lawmakers on the joint committee say the changes should produce more accurate fiscal notes than in the past.

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