Success in the Media

“Broke-American Justice on the Ropes”

Crime in America.Net I was called this morning and told to look at CNN. Their lead story was about Camden, New Jersey and the fact that they are in the process of laying off close to half their police department, see http://money.cnn.com/2011/01/17/news/economy/camden_police_layoffs/index.htm?hpt=Sbin. Firefighters were also being laid off. In the body of the article is […]

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Disbanding Police Departments-Selling Prisons-More on Criminal Justice Budget Cuts

Gentlereaders: It’s been a while since we did an update on the budget crisis and its impact on the criminal justice system. But we read daily articles from multiple news sources (see http://crimeinamerica.net/todays-crime-news-now/) regarding the problem. As previously stated on this site, budget cuts have been a reality for many jurisdictions and states for over a […]

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The Illinois Prison System: Dividing the Loaves and Fishes

Crime in America.Net The Chicago Tribune ran an article on the resignation of the director of the Illinois correctional system who instituted a series of good conduct credits to speed the release of prison inmates by 36 days. Some of the released inmates went on to commit additional crimes. Excerpts from the article: The state […]

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Jail-Based Treatment Programs Decline Significantly-Crime in America.Net

A reader wants to know of a recent example of budget cuts regarding programs for offenders.  There is no systematic analysis of budget cutting on any aspect of the criminal justice system yet newspaper articles are filled with examples, see http://crimeinamerica.net/category/budgetimpact/. He contacted us in reference to two recent Crime in America.Net articles, namely “Most States […]

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Most States Cutting Budgets for Corrections—USA Today Warns That More Cuts May Harm National Crime Reductions

Crime in America.Net There are two prominent and recent items that address budget impacts on state criminal justice systems. One is “The Fiscal Survey of the States from the National Governors Association and the National Association of State Budget Officers” (summarized below) stating that only 12 states did not cut correctional budgets in Fiscal Year 2010 […]

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Riddled with deeply troubling problems. Crime in America.Net.

What happens when a major player in the criminal justice system breaks ranks with their partners? According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, “That’s what happened when  Former District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham, stung by reports that her office had consistently low conviction rates, defended her performance Monday and criticized the rest of the city’s criminal justice […]

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Cutting prisons—“You can only squeeze so much blood from a turnip”—Crime News

More on how budget cuts are impacting the criminal justice system and governor’s who give great quotes. Crime in America.net “You can only squeeze so much blood from a turnip,” states South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford regarding his state’s ability to deal with budget difficulties without cutting corrections (link below). “The question I ask, as […]

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Budget Cuts Changing the Criminal Justice System: Crime News

Crime news from Crime in America.Net We created a post a little more than a month ago stating that budget cuts were “hampering” the criminal justice system; now we observe that they are dramatically changing the ability of the system to do its job as we currently know it. We could post approximately 20 articles […]

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