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.


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