Federal appropriations for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 being voted on by Congress this week would cut federal anticrime aid to state and local governments, and the COPS community policing program, by 17 percent. The bill does not cut funds to the Office for Violence against Women, the National Institute of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Justice for All, and Missing and Exploited Children’s programs. The bill was the result of negotiations that avoided a government shutdown last weekend.
The FBI gets $7.8 billion, above last year’s figure but $249 million below the Obama administration’s request. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons gets $6.3 billion, also above last year’s figure but $239 million below the President’s budget request. Justice Information-Sharing Technology gets $60.3 million, $119.5 million below the President’s request. On paper, $4.9 billion is taken from the Crime Victim’s Fund but that money would not have been spent anyway because there is a $705 million cap on annual spending from the fund.