Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Prison Supplies Not Good Idea As Gifts.(Editorial Page)


Lucky for Corrections Secretary Rob Perry they don't lock people up for goofy ideas. Otherwise he'd be spending time in one of his own institutions for giving monogrammed guard jackets to state legislators.

The Corrections Department gave to 18 legislators and two state employees blue, fuzzy-collared jackets worn by some prison guards. Each one bore an embroidered badge and the recipient's name.

Perry said he considered the gifts a "worthwhile investment" intended to promote cordial and positive relations with lawmakers important to his department.

Problem No. 1: They were paid for out of his department's budget that is, by taxpayers. …

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