Senator Kissel Meets with Appropriations Committee Leadership in Hopes of Raising Prison Staffing Bill

January 14, 2008

Bill would add funds to budget to enhance staffing at all correctional facilities

In a follow up to a letter he sent to leaders of the legislature’s Appropriations Committee last week, State Sen. John A. Kissel, R-Enfield, said today that he has met with the committee co-chairs and ranking members and is extremely encouraged that a committee bill that would set aside funding for additional staffing at the state’s correctional facilities would be raised when the legislature convenes in February.

“Having spoken with the co-chairs (Sen. Toni Harp, D-New Haven and Rep. Denise Merrill, D-Mansfield) and ranking members of the Appropriations Committee (Sen. David Cappiello, R-Danbury and Rep. Kevin Delgobbo, R-Naugatuck) I am confident that they will raise a committee bill on this issue,” said Sen. Kissel. “The response was very positive and everyone recognizes the importance of making sure our correctional facilities are properly staffed. While this is the first step in the process I am very encouraged that this matter will get a public hearing so that all voices can be heard.”

Sen. Kissel said that in light of the expansion of the prison population over the last several months, additional funds are necessary to ensure that proper staffing levels are maintained. “This is a public safety issue. To ensure the safety of our correctional officers, our communities and the inmates themselves we need to address this measure this year,” said Sen. Kissel.

“My initial hope was that we would have a public hearing on this issue and after speaking with the co-chairs of the committee I am confident this will happen,” said Sen. Kissel. The 2008 legislative session is scheduled to begin on February 6th.