Too little on correctional services, too much on incarceration

Another report, this one from the Bureau of Justice Statistics looks at local spending on corrections. Very little is spent on correctional services, including offender supervision in the community and halfway houses. If Hawai`i is earnest about reducing the prison population, this formula must change. Too much is spent on incarceration and too little on community programs to prevent folks from being incarcerated and being re-incarcerated. We must do better. That’s where the community must stand up and support reinvesting incarceration dollars into programs that work at both ends of the system. WE CAN DO THIS; HOWEVER, IT WILL TAKE ALL OF US TO MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Report: Institutions Command More of Local Corrections Budgets
December 11, 2013, The Crime Report

“The portion of local budgets devoted to correctional institutions is rising, according to a new report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).

The report analyzed data on local government expenditures between fiscal years 2005 and 2011.

“Between 2005 and 2011, local governments annually spent over a third (34.4 percent to 37.0 percent) of all funds spent by state and local governments on correctional institutions,” researchers wrote.

Corrections account for 1.6 percent of total local government expenditures in 2011.

Of those expenditures, about 84 percent was devoted to correctional institutions, up from 80 percent in 2005.

The remaining expenses were devoted to correctional services, including offender supervision in the community and halfway houses.”

Read the full report:

Local Government Corrections Expenditures, FY 2005–2011
Tracey Kyckelhahn, Ph.D., BJS Statistician, December 2013

HIGHLIGHTS

·         In fiscal year 2011, local governments spent $26.4 billion on corrections. Between 2005 and 2011, the annual expenditures by local governments varied between $25.8 billion and $28.4 billion.

·         Corrections expenditures represented 1.6% of total local government expenditures between 2005 and 2011.

·         Education was the largest component of local government expenditures, varying between 36.0% and 38.4% from 2005 to 2011.

·         Local governments spent more than 80% of total corrections expenditures on correctional institutions, such as jails, between 2005 and 2011.

·         Between 2005 and 2011, local governments annually spent over a third (34.4% to 37.0%) of all funds spent by state and local governments on correctional institutions.

We have yet to realize the impact that Justice Reinvestment can have. The first year was spent on staffing and training, which is necessary. Now we need to push for programs in the community to meet the needs of our people.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s