Thursday, January 20, 2011

News on the State Budget Front

Some troubling developments illustrating how state budget priorities impact those most directly affected by mass incarceration.

First, from my old home state of Texas:

"Funding for the indigent defense program was slashed from the more than $29 million allotted statewide this year to just more than $783,000 for the whole state during each 2012 and 2013, according to the bill. The fund helps provide legal representation to suspects who can't afford their own defender." (Full article:

Meanwhile, in California:

"Gov. Jerry Brown's bid to abolish the state youth prison system could save hundreds of millions of dollars and quicken the pace of reform at county facilities. But the changes could remove important barriers that keep some juvenile offenders out of adult prisons." (Full article:

Indeed, the prison system is linked to a wide range of local, state, and federal policy matters; all of which require committed communication activism.

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