And the governor has steered clear of some of the more controversial privatization moves in other states — outsourcing business recruitment efforts, for example, which has stirred controversy for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Still, in the three years Haslam has held the office, outsourcing of state government functions to private companies has grown dramatically and indications are the trend will continue. The most striking example is turning over management of state government buildings to Chicago-based Jones Lang LaSalle, a move depicted as something no other state has done — but now has other states asking Tennessee to show them the way. The way has been cluttered with controversy, of course, over what gubernatorial Chief of Staff Mark Cate has characterized basically as missteps because of the new ground being plowed. The administration contends the state will save $100 million over the next decade, though the projections are that much of the savings won’t occur until the later years. A sidelight of the Haslam move was the implicit suggestion that state buildings had been mismanaged for a long time, most recently under Bredesen .
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To keep an inmate in a regular prison cell costs an average of $65 per day; the Recovery Court will cost an average of $35 per day. The program also opens up prison space for violent offenders and drug dealers. Best of all, evidence shows such drug courts work. According to research conducted in 2012 for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, drug court participants were significantly less likely than other offenders to relapse into drug use, reported significantly less family conflict than other offenders and, most importantly, commit significantly fewer crimes after completing the program than other offenders. Tennessee’s crowded jails and growing prison populations show that merely locking up nonviolent offenders with substance abuse problems does not work. By and large, these offenders continue to use drugs upon release, continue to steal to buy their drugs and continue to get arrested. The Haslam administration has realized that continuing on the same circular path will not improve our communities.
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