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The folks at the Carolina Justice Policy Center point out in their latest legislative update that the characterization of some of the cuts in the Senate budget are misleading.

Many programs were in effect cut twice, once from the programs ongoing funding streams to balance the current year’s budget and then another ten percent on top of that, a reduction that affected the entire budget the programs normally receive.

Wiomen at Risk, a program in Western North Carolina for female offenders, would lose 30 percent of its funding and Sentencing Services, the highly sucessful prison alternative program, would suffer a 16 percent cut.

As the Center points out, that means fewer people in alternative programs and more offenders heading to prison, where the state pays $26,000 a year to house them. 

What a waste of lives and money.

3 Comments


  1. Kimberly

    April 28, 2009 at 7:57 am

    I’ve been saying the same thing. Far too many programs have been receiving significant cuts or been completely eliminated over the last few years and it is adding up. Now they want to cut even more. Of particular concern are the cuts to public health and public services. Cutting programs that help the most vulnerable citizens, the citizens that are already struggling and have no cushion to fall on when they lose services, those are the cuts that will hurt our state more than they are willing to admit.

  2. Health Care Now!

    April 28, 2009 at 11:28 am

    yes, rank and file public health workers are concerned that they are being threatened with furloughs at the same time that its ‘all hands on deck’ for the flu outbreak.

    Why cant the corrupt corporate elites of NC see the need for more revenue for essential governmental services so that public sector workers can have decent pay?

  3. Louie

    April 28, 2009 at 11:31 am

    as far as yet more people “heading to prison”, I think we need to put drug legalization ‘on the table’ for debate like Senator Jim Webb has done in Washington

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