Corrections department sends out layoff notice
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's corrections secretary sent a memo to wardens at five state prisons, ordering them to ready for layoffs to shut down the jails, in case the Senate agrees to budget cuts proposed by the House.
Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc sent the layoff timeline to wardens this week, blaming a proposed $27.5 million cut recommended by the House.
Layoffs of all staff would be effective July 17.
Gov. Bobby Jindal said Friday that LeBlanc needs to be ready in case the cut takes effect July 1.
House leaders say there's no reason five prisons should close with the budget cut.
The letter comes in advance of a House committee hearing next week on a Jindal proposal to sell three prisons to drum up money to plug budget gaps in health care.