2021-22 Budget Breakdown: Criminal Justice, Policing and Courts | The Numbers Racket
In our third installment of the 2021-22 budget breakdown, the Capital-Star dissects funding the Pennsylvania State Police, Judiciary, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and criminal justice measures.
Let’s take a look.
- $258 million increase for General Government Operations
o A portion of this increase is needed to replace federal funding received in 2020/21 under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The state police received $226 million in 2020/21 in Federal CARES Coronavirus Relief Funds
o After accounting for the 2020/21 Coronavirus Relief Funds, General Government Operations are increasing $32.1 million
o This increase offsets the legislated annual decrease in the Motor License Fund, which was created to fund road and infrastructure repairs.
- Law Enforcement Information Technology, Municipal Police Training, and the Automated Fingerprint Identification System are all flat funded
- $5 million, or 42 percent, decrease in funding for the Statewide Public Safety Radio System due to nonrecurring system implementation costs
- The Pennsylvania Instant Check System is level funded at 2020/21 levels
o $1.3 million less than requested in the governor’s executive budget proposal
- $2 million decrease from 2020/21 in General Government Operations
- $2.78 million for the Office of Victim Advocate funded out of General Government Operations
- $99 million increase for Medical Care
o This increase replaces $99 million in federal funding received in 2020/21 under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
- $1.147 billion increase for State Correctional Institutions
o This increase replaces $1.157 billion in federal funding received in 2020/21 under the CARES Act.
- After accounting for 2020/21 Coronavirus Relief Funds:
o Medical Care is funded at 2020/21 levels
o State Correctional Institutions are essentially funded at 2020/21 levels with a 0.5 percent decrease, or approximately $10 million decrease in funding
- $4.8 million increase for State Field Supervision
- $262,000 increase for the Parole Board
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD)
- Funded at 2020/21 levels
- The Office of Safe Schools Advocate is flat-funded in 2021/22
- $30 million for Violence Intervention and Prevention Programs to be used for Community Violence reduction programs
- Support for grants to local criminal justice agencies and nonprofits — including programs to divert low level offenders from incarceration, support drug courts, and provide for victim services — are all level funded
- Flat funded at 2020/21 levels
- The Fiscal Code, a bill that dictates how each state department and agency can spend their funding, temporarily eliminates the $15 million transfer from the Judicial Computer System Augmentation Account to the School Safety and Security Fund
Juvenile Court Judges Commission
• Flat-funded at 2020/21 levels
Originally published at www.penncapital-star.com,by Cassie Miller