Agencies responsible for managing the country’s public safety and correctional facilities have until recently been free from the budget squeezes that have affected many other public services across the United States. Stimulus money, from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), will relieve some of the pressure on those trying to balance state and county budgets. However, those working in the corrections system are aware that seemingly never-ending increases in criminal justice budgets are no longer acceptable to taxpayers or politicians. Unless changes in criminal justice policy can bring about significant reductions in penal populations, directors of these services will need to learn quickly how to do more with less.
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