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01/16/2020

the 2016 calendar-year, and the full report will be available in February.

the 2016 calendar-year, and the full report will be available in February.
“It’s one thing to tell us you have a business plan that has no business going on,” said a source in New York State’s Department of Corrections and Community Supervision who was briefed on the project last night. “It’s another to tell us you will spend $16.3 million on consultants who will never, ever actually get any work done — or perhaps just one contract, or three. But the idea is this program in the DOC is like a game of Russian roulette for taxpayers.”
The DOC claims to be making “tremendous progress” on the system and claims to have completed 90 days of testing. But when they say they have finished testing, they often don’t mean testing against reality and their testing only looks at the initial results of a drug analysis.
A “very big” program that will pay for all of this testing is the one that will begin in the fall. It is a full-scale, multi-agency testing regime that will test every inmate. DOC has said that this system will be a huge “game changer” and it would cost up to $15 million dollars.
Despite its promises of success, it won’t be a reality until next year, and it won’t be a “game changer” for decades.
In the meantime, in order to prove it is a real business, New York State has hired a bunch of “experts” to help implement the test at its prisons. These “experts” will be paid $8,500, and their job will be to go into various prisons and take samples of urine, saliva, and feces from inmates. If they come back with positive results, they will be paid $8,500. If their tests all come back negative, they will be paid $200.
But the real cost of this plan comes not from the money itself, but from the testing itself. A year after the system is up and running, and even after this money has been spent, the system has never been tested against real drug samples in the prisons it will treat.
A prison guard told New York magazine that he had seen “no testing results” of “any kind” in “five years in federal prisons.” And this same guard said: “I’ve walked into an examination room and we get tested, but it looks like they’re not testing any more.”
And the people who make these tests look “very big” are only getting paid a little less than what the system will cost. In a prison, a urine sample is a small drop in a big bucket. And if the bucket is filled with more urine than is expected, a “false positive” could result in the entire bucket being thrown away.
“The reality is the only thing they can do is do these tests by the thousands for hundreds of inmates,” the source in New York’s Department of Correction said. “This is ridiculous and outrageous spending. And when they tell us they don’t know what to do next, the only answers they have are the ones they’re giving us now, which are so small in number it can only be a mistake. It looks like they really have no clue what to do next.”
A spokesperson for New York’s Department of Correction said, “The testing that will be conducted at a federal prison is a necessary