States scrambling to find ways to address budget deficits are not only shredding already tattered safety nets for more and more citizens falling into poverty, but as noted by a Pew Center Public Safety Performance study, an increasing number of states are moving to cut successful criminal justice corrections programs as well.
Adam Gelb, director of the Pew Center’s Public Safety Performance Project said that some the nation’s most successful criminal justice programs launched in recent years are at risk, because of states’ efforts to tackle deficits. “The (financial) hole is so deep. Programs for convicted felons are an easy target,” he said.
Next week, Sept. 27, the Criminology & Criminal Justice Policy Coalition (CCJPC) will host an event at the Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, D.C. featuring a discussion among corrections experts about “the impact of federally funded research and evaluation and its cost-savings potential for state correctional systems.”