An aging prison system that in many cases lacks systems for protecting lives and no longer complies with fire and building codes needs more than $300 million in building improvements, according to a new study made public Wednesday.
The Department of Corrections study, which examined 254 buildings covering 3.6 million square feet, found that the state prison system needs $338 million in improvements, of which $164 million are needed immediately.
The prison system's buildings, constructed from 1860 to 2015, lack protections such as sprinklers and are equipped with mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems that are deteriorating, according to . . .