Justice and Public Safety (JPS) is one of only two major state agencies – K-12 public education being the other – to receive a reduction in Governor Perdue’s 2010-11 budget recommendations.
The Governor recommends $62 million in reductions to the FY 2010-11 JPS budget authorized in last year’s budget bill, a decrease of roughly 3 percent.
- $4.7 million in additional state matching funds are provided for the Voice Interoperability Plan for Emergency Responders (VIPER)
- $2.2 million to restore the Sentencing Services program
- $7.6 million from reducing the Eckerd Wilderness Camp Program. The program is an alternative development program for juvenile delinquents
- $20.5 million reduction from linking inmate medical costs to Medicare and Medicaid fee schedules in order to generate cost savings
- The Governor proposes increasing the monthly probation/parole supervision fee from $30 to $40 to generate an additional $5.5 million in revenue. The additional receipts would offset Department of Corrections expenses, enabling a reduction in state appropriations