March 14, 2012

Double Bunk Processes Causes Prison System Overcrowding

by Andrew Johnson (author's profile)



The Clinical Care Unit of the Iowa State Penitentiary is architecturally designed to hold a maximum of 320 inmates at a double-bunk capacity. However, prison administrators only regulates this capacity at the maximum of 180 inmates, of which 20 cells are permitted for double-bunking. Not only has this limited capacity caused a lengthy waiting list for housing in CCU, but Steve Young and Anne Gehle are wrongfully placing new inmates in double-bunk cells without being able to have staff fully observe new inmates' interactions with present inmates. The double-bunk status is designed as a privilege and not as a process to circumvent classification. Young rewards double-bunk inmates with a 0.44/hour state allowance to all in those 20 cells, when classification requires all other inmates to start at 0.24/hour and takes several months or even years to reach 0.44/hour.

Meanwhile, prison administrators are forcing CCU inmates to double-bunk without voluntary consent just to fill the vacant cell or risk losing their general population status. Anne Gehle permits unmatched classification status inmates, such as one in GP and another in ad. seg., to remain on double-bunk status which is unduly hazardous to institutional safety and correctional goals.


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