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Monday
Feb142011

DOJ Budget: Boosts for FBI, Prisons; Cuts for Grants, Drug Intel Programs

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- As part of President Obama's budget proposal, the U.S. Department of Justice is requesting $28.2 billion for 2012. The DOJ has also identified $2 billion in savings and efficiencies with cuts to the Drug Intelligence Center, the elimination of a DEA Task Force and cuts to some grant programs. Law enforcement work done by the FBI, U.S. Marshals, Drug Enforcement Administration and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are receiving overall increases.
 
One area that is receiving a boost in funding is the issue of prison and detentions, which is getting a 10-percent increase to deal with the increasing prison population and increased detention of immigration violators. According to DOJ officials, there will be approximately 11,000 new federal prisoners incarcerated in Bureau of Prisons (BOP) facilities over the next two years. The department is looking at revising how “Good Time” is calculated in prisons to reduce some prison terms. The DOJ estimates this could provide savings of $41 million.
 
The DOJ is also increasing their funding to their national security mission by increasing spending on security programs by $128 million. This includes boosting funding to FBI’s computer intrusion programs to investigate cybersecurity crimes by expanding the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force. The FBI is also receiving an increase to their electronic surveillance programs to monitor new and emerging technology with court-authorized intercepts. Such an increase would establish a Domestic Communications Assistance Center and a new Data Intercept Technology Unit.

Several significant cuts are also due for DOJ programs, including the elimination of the DEA's Mobile Enforcements Teams ($39.1 million savings), the National Drug Intelligence Center ($19 million savings) as well as a 16-percent cut for administrative and technological upgrades.

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