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Police budget cuts-What will they do to adjust?

Crime in America.Net We have a student question; “With all the state and local and federal budget cuts, what will law enforcement agencies do to adjust?” Implied is a larger question; can they continue to offer the same levels of public safety services? Bigger question; am I safe? The driving issue in criminal justice today […]

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First decline in parole and probation populations since 1980

Crime in America.Net A new report from the Department of Justice (Bureau of Justice Statistics) provides a new look at declining populations of people on state (rather than federal) community supervision.  While the differences in the percentages are not large and a core group of states account for much of the impact, the overall numbers […]

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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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Is DNA Funding Keeping Violent Criminals on the Street? Crime in America.Net

Many of us see violent crime in the same way we see infectious disease; something that needs to be comprehensively addressed immediately. If there was an outbreak of disease running through your community and city and if left untreated, then all hell would break loose. As far as we are concerned, something similar has been […]

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Why are states abandoning drug treatment? Crime in America.Net

Newsweek offers a compelling article stating that “Treatment for drug addiction works better and costs less than imprisonment alone. So why are states abandoning it?” “Of the 2.3 million inmates in the U.S., more than half have a history of substance abuse and addiction. Not all those inmates are imprisoned on drug-related charges (although drug […]

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National State Prison Populations Decline for the First Time Since 1972

Dear readers: As predicted multiple times throughout Crime in America.Net, prison and county/city jail populations will continue to decline.  State prisons and jail systems simply do not have the money to continue the current rates of incarceration. State prison and local jail system will continue to shed population for the next five years until the recovery creates […]

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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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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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Budget Cuts Hurting Justice System: Crime News

It’s hard for the average citizen to understand the budget situation facing state and local governments. There are two things to consider: Budget cuts are the number one story within the criminal justice system (in terms of newspaper coverage); nothing else comes close; Thirty-five of the 50 states (according to Governing Magazine) face serious budget […]

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