Florida Senate Committee on Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Releases Proposed 2009-2010 Budget
Mar 30, 2009
On Wednesday, March 25 2009, the Florida Senate Committee on Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations (“Committee”) released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2009-2010. The Committee is chaired by Senator Victor Crist (R-Tampa) and has spending authority over the public safety and courts budget.
Highlights of the Committee’s proposed budget for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (“DJJ”) are:
- Reduce grants and AIDS-contracted services: ($153,600)
- Reduce funding for research and consultation contracts: ($319,970)
- Eliminate vacant executive direction and quality assurance positions: ($189,918; four positions)
- Eliminate youth custody officers in probation: ($889,147; 11 positions)
- Reduce administrative positions in residential services: ($284,584; five positions)
- Reduce vacant support positions in state secure residential institutions: ($182,741; five positions)
- Eliminate the Independent Living Program: ($470,879)
- Close St. John Detention Center: ($340,540 General Revenue Funds and $1,671,088 in other trust funds; 39 positions)
- Reduce probation services and supervision by 10 percent: ($5,458,324; 134.50 positions)
- Reduce Redirections Program: ($754,346)
- Reduce the number of non-secure beds: ($12.5 million)
- Reduce the number of secure beds: ($5.525 million)
- Consolidate DJJ and Florida Department of Children and Families Information Technology Offices: ($100,000)
- Swap General Revenue funds for a new driver registration fee into the Trust Fund as a funding source for prevention services: $6.2 million
- Increase funding for alternatives to secure detention: $583,224
- Funding for Low Volume Juvenile Assessment Centers: $1 million
- Fingerprint retention: $30,738
- Maintenance and repair: $450,000
To view the Committee’s complete FY 2009-2010 proposed budget, click here.
The Florida House of Representatives Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Committee, which is chaired by Representative Sandy Adams (R-Oviedo), will release its proposed budget this week.
Should you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact Frank Mayernick Jr. at Colodny Fass.
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