The governor's budget would make spending cuts to crime control agencies but adds money for measures the administration says will help keep the public safe.
The budget recommends a 2.4 percent decrease in spending for the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, which includes the Highway Patrol. However, the budget adds $4.7 million to secure federal matching funds to provide improved communications equipment to law enforcement agencies, and $600,000 more for maintenance at National Guard armories.
The Department of Correction would lose $45.5 million, a cut of about 3.4 percent, but would have a net gain of 749 jobs, primarily to open new medical and mental health facilities at Central Prison and the women's prison in Raleigh.
The state would close a wilderness camp for juvenile offenders in Swannanoa but restore funding for a youth center at Samarkand that had been targeted for closure last year.
Staff writer Michael Biesecker