February 14, 2009
Does the stimulus bill allow further prison growth in incarceration nation?
Over at TalkLeft in this effective post, Jeralyn identifies roughly $4 billion in the passed version of federal the stimulus bill which she calls "grants to law enforcement for lock em up programs." Though within the context of the the huge spending bill, $4 billion might not seem like a lot of money, but I think it amounts to more than 20 times the amount of money that Congress has spent on the re-entray programs related to the Second Chance Act.
Just another telling statistic for another notable day in incarceration nation.
February 14, 2009 at 03:01 PM | Permalink
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yeah-but notice none all the political get tough spending is always on law enforcement-never on prisons.
so it ends up being spending on catch and release programs.
Posted by: meh | Feb 15, 2009 3:36:54 AM
Well, technically, Congress hasn't spent any money on the Second Chance Act yet. The bill authorized $165 million in spending on reentry programs, but no money has been appropriated yet. Now that the stimulus is done, Congress is going to get back to work on the FY09 appropriations, which will hopefully include some money for Second Chance.
Posted by: LK | Feb 17, 2009 10:07:22 AM