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Juvenile Justice Programs Face Sharp New Cuts in Federal $$

Federal funding for state juvenile justice programs, already waning in recent years, could take another big hit under a proposal this week from the House appropriations subcommittee that funds the Justice Department. On Wednesday, the panel proposed to slash federal spending from $266 million to $196 million annually for the year starting October 1. The subcommittee wants to zero out a major crime prevention funding program, as well as one called the Juvenile Accountability Block Grants, which support state efforts […]

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Obama’s Anticrime Spending Hike: Will Congress Agree?

Federal anti-crime aid is surviving calls for spending cuts in Washington, at least in President Barack Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal 2014. The plan issued last week included a surprisingly large number of increases in a variety of Justice Department programs. The administration seems to be betting on the notion that a cautious Congress will go for crime-fighting ideas that are backed by scientific evidence. Previous Obama budgets endorsed evidence-based programs, but this is the first time that the Justice […]