Corrections Department expects $29M budget deficit

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The agency that oversees South Carolina's prisons says it will run a deficit of up to $29 million this year.

The Corrections Department on Tuesday will ask the state Budget and Control Board to let it spend more money than it has in its budget after midyear reductions.

The department has been short on cash in each of the past three fiscal years. The budget year that ended in June 2008 left the agency with a $3.9 million shortfall and last year the gap was $45.5 million.

The shortfalls have prompted furloughs and monthly reporting from the agency on how it is handling finances.

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