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Mon., Jan. 8, 2007, 12:34 p.m.

Was it a joke?

There was a little pause after Gov. Otter, after talking about his plan for a new “sprung structure” to help house Idaho’s overflowing prison inmate population, said this: “In addition, I will ask Chairmen Darrington and Clark to join me in exploring other innovative ways to address prison crowding – including the Pro Tem’s idea for hot-bunking.” Then, Senate President Pro Tem Bob Geddes, whose suggestion last year that “hot cots” – the idea of having inmates sleep in shifts, thus using fewer beds – was a viable option for prison crowding drew widespread publicity, started clapping loudly, and chuckling lawmakers joined in.

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