NC Prison Chaplains a Likely Victim of Budget Cuts


With a North Carolina state budget emerging that would bring major cuts 25 prison chaplains have been told they are likely to be out of work June 30, reports the Raleigh News & Observer. The proposed layoffs would result in estimated savings of more than $1.3 million – little more than collection plate change in a state budget expected to top $19.7 billion.

The trim is part of a much larger change in the state’s public safety budget as Republicans push to reshape government by cutting taxes, eliminating jobs, adding fees, and cutting grants for higher education. Nearly 500 jobs would be cut at the Department of Correction, part of $84 million in reductions that include a plan to reduce costs by releasing well-behaved inmates earlier, closing four prisons, and the elimination of a program that puts inmates to work on public service projects.

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