The Last Thing We Need is More Money for Prisons, But That Is What Obama Wants
Continued from previous page
Re-invigorating this program is likely to further increase the prison population, without a significant drop in crime. It will also likely increase the disproportionate contact communities of color have with the criminal justice system due to concentrated policing in neighborhoods with a high Latino and/or African American composition.
In the meantime, one area where the Obama administration has decided to provide less funding is in programming for juvenile prisoners -- bad news for the estimated 100,000 youth behind bars in this country who make up the country’s most vulnerable prison population.
"Juvenile justice programs received $546.9 million in FY 2002,” according to the JPI. “Funding has been dropping almost consistently since then, and the Administration has proposed another $133 million decline in the proposed FY2011 budget, down to $290 million."