Obama's 2013 Justice Department Budget

Here is President Obama's 2013 proposed budget for the Department of Punishment Justice. The total comes to $36.5 billion. Among the lowlights.

  • Prison budget: $8.5 billion, a 4 percent increase over 2012. (It notes that there 2.3 million people in U.S. prisons and 1 in 32 American adults are under some kind of correctional supervision.) [More..]

  • $700 million to investigate and prosecute financial crimes, an increase of $55 million over 2012.
  • $2 billion in Southwest border enforcement spending.
  • $40 million for intellectual property crimes -- a $5 million increase for additional attorneys and FBI agents
  • $2 billion to states and local government program assistance for police hiring, general purpose criminal justice assistance, violence against women programs, and Second Chance Act grants;

Amounts for non-incarcerative purposes:

  • $153 million in prisoner reentry and jail diversion programs, including $80 million for the Second Chance Act programs and $52 million for problem-solving grants supporting drug courts, mentally ill offender assistance, and other problem-solving approaches.

The budget includes:

  • 8 billion to the FBI
  • 2 billion to the DEA
  • 2 billion for prosecutors
  • 1 billion for US Marshals
  • 1 billion for ATF
  • 6.8 billion to the Bureau of Prisons
  • 1.6 billion for prisoner detention
  • 525 million for Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Forces

America. Prison Nation.

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    I knew I shouldn't have looked... (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by kdog on Tue Feb 14, 2012 at 02:08:33 PM EST
    talk about a total budget proposal bummer...have they no sense of decency or priorities?

    Well (none / 0) (#2)
    by Edger on Tue Feb 14, 2012 at 02:16:46 PM EST
    narcs and prison guards have to eat too, don't they?

    I suppose... (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by kdog on Tue Feb 14, 2012 at 02:18:32 PM EST
    but on our dime?  For causing harm?

    Get a real job!


    You want to wreck a whole industry? (none / 0) (#4)
    by Edger on Tue Feb 14, 2012 at 02:20:41 PM EST
    And a very profitable one at that?

    What? Are you some kinda socialist? ;-)


    Can we spin it as Reaganism? (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by kdog on Tue Feb 14, 2012 at 02:28:31 PM EST
    buncha welfare queens over at the DEA!  

    The scariest sentence in the English language..."I'm from the government and I'm here to seize your garden, your house, your bank account, and....umm, you."


    oh yeah...... (none / 0) (#6)
    by Edger on Tue Feb 14, 2012 at 02:32:21 PM EST
    "In the present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem"