Wednesday, May 8, 2013

MassBudget: Law & Public Safety Programs in the House budget

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Law & Public Safety in the House Budget
Law & Public Safety programs help us keep our communities safe. They also support our court system, which protects our rights, resolves criminal cases, and helps our economy function by enforcing contracts and settling business disputes.

MassBudget's new brief, "Law & Public Safety in the House Budget for FY 2014," examines the House proposal for Law & Public Safety programs, from the court system to state prisons, state police, and others. We find that:

  • Overall funding for Law & Public Safety programs would be reduced slightly (after adjusting for inflation)

  • Two programs that see significant cuts are Indigent Defense, which helps ensure that no one is deprived of the right to an attorney, and Shannon Grants, which support youth violence prevention

  • The House proposal would increase the salaries of judges and clerks for the first time since 2006

  • MLAC (Mass. Legal Assistance Corporation) would receive additional funding to help low-income people with non-criminal legal problems

"Law & Public Safety in the House Budget for FY 2014" is part of a series of MassBudget briefs analyzing key elements in the budget proposals for FY 2014.

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) produces policy research, analysis, and data-driven recommendations focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income children and adults, strengthening our state's economy, and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts.

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