More jobs, less money for crime control

April 21, 2010 

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

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