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Corrections begins budget changes, empties towers at night

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PORTAGE, Wis. (AP) -- State budget cuts are leaving most of the guard towers at Columbia Correctional Institution empty at night.
   
The Wisconsin Department of Corrections has begun implementing some of the changes including in the recently-signed budget. It means that prison towers are unstaffed on third shift. The budget eliminated 60 tower guard positions at 10 prisons to save nearly $6 million.
   
Corrections spokeswoman Joy Staab says the towers will be staffed on other shifts, except at night when inmates are secured in their cells.

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