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Feds Seek $2.2 Billion for Federal Prisons

Feds Seek $2.2 Billion For Federal Prisons

At a news conference held in Washington on January 29th, George J. Terwilliger III, acting deputy attorney general, said that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will seek a Fiscal Year 1993 budget of $11.3 billion, an increase of $1 billion, or nearly 9 percent, over the $10.3.billion in total funding available in 1992. For the federal prison system (FPS), DOJ is seeking an allocation of $2,246,031,000 for FY 1993 - an increase of 184,800,000 over FY 1992.

"The budget proposal continues the vigorous law enforcement programs established by President Bush and reflects the high priority the Administration assigns to fighting violent crime." Terwilliger said.

"Violent crime must be addressed forcefully by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies working in partnership," continued Terwilliger. To that end, the Department's request for violent crime totals $485.6 million, which represents $92.4 million more than the 1992 enacted level, a 24 percent increase.

"Incarceration of violent criminals is the central ingredient in the Department's attack on violent crime," Terwilliger told reporters. "Current overcrowding problems will become even more severe with the expected successes of the recent violent gang initiative.

The average daily federal prison population in 1991 was over 61,000 and the average daily population for 1993 is forecast as about 74,500. This 1991 experience represents a 28 percent increase over 1989 when the federal prison system population was only 47,800. At present the federal prison system is operating at 148 percent of designed capacity. The 1993 budget also provides $172 million for the construction of additional prison facilities.

From: Corrections Digest

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