Survey Gauges Impact of Deeps Cuts to Justice Program Funding


Federal funding that supports crime prevention, treatment programs and other initiatives has decreased by 43 percent since 2010, according to a survey by the Vera Institute of Justice and National Criminal Justice Association. The second annual survey of more than 1,200 state and local criminal justice practitioners examines the impact those cuts have on programs and staffing levels across the nation. It found that more than 75 percent of respondents reported funding cuts that led to workforce reductions, salary freezes and drastic curtailing of services.

Nearly two-thirds of the 346 law enforcement respondents report reduction in staffing and services, and 58 percent reported pay freezes. Since 2010, the federal Byrne Justice Assistance Grant program has been cut by 34 percent, the Community Oriented Policing Services hiring grants by 44 percent, in-prison drug treatment supported by the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners program by 67 percent, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System by 75 percent, and juvenile delinquency prevention initiatives under the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention by more than 50 percent. With the cuts, these programs are at historically low levels of funding.

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