State Senate President Pro Tem Robert Geddes suggests what is known as a "hot cot" plan. Under the plan, some prisoners would share a bed. One would sleep in it by day, another by night. (I will not stoop to the obvious prison-sex joke.)
The hot cot sleep shifts would be for volunteers only, with better prison job assignments as a possible incentive.
"I can't find any place in the nation that's doing this -- or in the world, for that matter -- but why not? The rest of the nation works in shifts," Geddes said Thursday.At first blush it sounds like a good idea, but prison officials point out that beds aren't the only things in short supply. There are also needs for correctional and medical staff, the cost of feeding inmates, and the need for additional wastewater treatment capacity to take into consideration.
Other folks have asked what might be done to keep people out of prison in the first place.