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Government Spending for Civil, Criminal Justice Reached $61 Billion in 1988

Government Spending For Civil, Criminal Justice Reached $61 Billion In 1988

Federal, state and local governments spent $61 billion for civil and criminal justice in 1988, a 34 percent increase since 1985, the U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics announced on July 15.

Other findings in the report were that federal, state and local governments spent $248 per capita; $114 for police, $78 for corrections, $54 for judicial and legal services, and $2 for other items.

Almost half of the nation's justice spending was for police protection. Corrections accounted for almost one-third of justice costs. Spending for corrections grew the most during that period, by 65 percent. Since 1979 state spending for prison construction increased 593 percent in actual (constant) dollars. That's some 2.6 times the rate of spending to operate prison facilities.

In October of 1988 the nation's civil and criminal justice system employed 1.6 million persons, and the total October payroll for them was almost $3.7 billion.

For a copy of the report Justice Expenditure and Employment, 1988 (NCJ-124132) write to:

National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20850

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