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UNIQUE DETENTION FACILITY TO BE SHOWN AT AMERICAN JAIL ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE IN MINNEAPOLIS

 UNIQUE DETENTION FACILITY TO BE SHOWN
 AT AMERICAN JAIL ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE IN MINNEAPOLIS
 One of the most innovative answers to America's prison overcrowding problem will be on display at the American Jail Association's Training Conference, being held at the Minneapolis Convention Center Sunday - Tuesday, May 24th, 25th and 26th.
 LifeLine Shelter Systems, Inc., of Lancaster, Ohio, manufactures a minimum security facility by converting over-the-road tractor trailers into dormitories for prisoners. A complete 96-bed facility, with an attached commons and administrative area, can be in operation less than 100 days after the start of the project. In addition, prisoners can be housed at far less cost than in traditional jails while maintaining needed security.
 K. Lee Guse, executive vice president of LifeLine Shelters, explained, "These units are a cost-effective answer to the problems faced by many jail administrators of providing enough jail space for the rapidly increasing numbers of offenders. By using these trailers, officials can meet short-term needs in a very cost- effective manner, while still complying with all federal and state regulations."
 LifeLine acquires the empty 53-feet long semi-trailers and then modifies them at its 110,000-square foot plant in Lancaster, near Columbus. Insulation, electricity, detention security windows, heating and ventilation equipment, bathroom facilities and bunks are added, using special strengthened materials to withstand rough treatment.
 When finished, each trailer houses up to 12 prisoners. Several units can be arranged together with a central security hub to form a self-contained facility. The cost (approximately $10.10 per bed per day) is dramatically lower than traditional prisons, which can be four or five times as much.
 The LifeLine units fill a real need in the overall corrections system, which has struggled to handle the dramatic increase in the number of individuals sentenced to serve time in jail. A recent report from the National Prison Project in Washington, D.C., shows that eleven states throughout the country are under federal court sanctions due to prison overcrowding and/or poor living conditions, while an additional 32 states have one or more institutions within their borders which are under court order.
 "Clearly, these statistics mean that cost-conscious responses must be developed and implemented," Guse said. "LifeLine's relatively inexpensive but effective and secure facilities offer a way to address some of those problems."
 EDITOR NOTE: The conference is being held at the Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 South Second Avenue, in downtown Minneapolis. Lifeline's Mobile Detention Unit will be located in the "Modular Display Village" at the rear of the exhibit area during the Conference. The unit will be open for photographs and/or taping and Lifeline officials will be available for interviews at the following times:
 Sunday, May 24 7:30 - 9:30pm
 Monday, May 25 10:00am - 2:00pm
 Tuesday, May 26 10:00am - 12 Noon
 CONTACT: Harry Ryan of LifeLine Shelter Systems, Inc., 1-800- 678-5463 or Wayne Hill of Edward Howard & Co., 614-224-4600, for LifeLine Shelter Systems, Inc.
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