House budget proposal: Justice and Public Safety cuts
Posted April 12, 2011 11:50 p.m. EDT
Updated April 12, 2011 11:58 p.m. EDT
Proposed cuts to the six major areas of state government were released tonight. I'm posting my notes as I look through them. These are NOT an exhaustive list - just what caught my eye going through them the first time.
The Justice and Public Safety proposal represents a cut of about 5.7% from the continuation budget, but that's with the addition of $58 million from new court fees. Without those new fees, the cut would be about 8.3%.
The House proposal would merge the Departments of Corrections, Juvenile Justice, and Crime Control and Public Safety, as suggested by the governor, so it's a bit harder to calculate year-to-year cuts here than in other subcommittees. But here's the highlights:
- Eliminates funding for Sentencing Services
- Cuts 117 District Attorney support staff positions, 19 magistrate jobs, and 235 vacant positions in Corrections.
- Shifts inmate costs to Medicaid wherever possible
- Adds $58M in increased court fees (see PDF p. 19 for details)
- Outsources electronic monitoring of offenders
- Eliminates prison chaplains, to be replaced by volunteers
- Shifts some emergency management positions to receipts
- Studies in-home monitoring as alternative to juvenile detention
- Closes at least one prison, and also allows the lease or sale of closed prisons to private or non-profit groups
- Reorganizes state capitol police, cutting 40 positions and transferring its powers to the SBI
- Cuts funding for domestic violence support services to women and children
- Eliminates road crews and associated supervisory officers
- Closes Swanannoa and Samarkand Youth Development Centers
- Cuts 40 vacant positions in the Dept of Justice, eliminates 22 more, and shifts another 22 to receipt funding
- Eliminates the NC Legal Education Assistance Foundation