On July 29, Vera released The Fiscal Crisis in Corrections: Rethinking Policies and Practices, which highlights the impact of state budget cuts on departments of corrections. This timely update is prompted by information about the influence of stimulus funds in a number of states and new budget information from four additional states.
The revised report, which is based on survey responses from 37 states, finds at least 26 states have reversed the trend of recent decades and cut corrections spending. In three states—Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota—officials reduced initial general fund appropriations knowing that a portion of the reduction would be made up by federal stimulus funds. Thus, although general fund appropriations decreased by double-digits in these states, the actual operational impacts were smaller.
Other updated findings include:
The Fiscal Crisis in Corrections: Rethinking Policies and Practices was funded by the Public Safety Performance Project of the Pew Center on the States.
To download the revised report visit Vera’s web site at http://www.vera.org/content/fiscal-crisis-corrections-rethinking-policies-and-practices.
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