Lois Ahrens of the Real Cost of Prisons Project has alerted us to the huge amount of spending in the stimulus package on prisons and other questionable criminal justice items. See below Lois’s appeal that people contact their senators to try to get rid of the Bureau of Prisons line item and others.
President Obama’s stimulus package includes the following appropriation:
$1 billion for buildings and facilities in the Federal Prison System.
Please call your U.S. Senator today and ask that the BOP line item be deleted. Of course you can mention all of the other horrible parts of the package too but it might be best to pick one or two of what you consider the worst of the worst (so to speak).
When you call ask for the staff person who is working on the Stimulus Package and either try to speak to her/him or leave a specific message.
The Senate Switchboard number is 202-224-3121.
Please do it today. Please forward and ask others to do call.
Remember we already have 25% of the world’s prisoner population and yet only 5% of the world’s population.
Here are the other line items relating to criminal “justice”.
- $150 million for the Office of the Federal Detention Trustee – (OFDT) is an organization that achieves efficiencies, effectiveness and operational synergies within the detention and incarceration community [sic!] by fostering interagency cooperation, mutual understanding, accountability and teamwork.
- $50 million for Salaries and Expenses at the U.S. Marshal’s Service
- $125 milion for Department of Justice “Construction”
- $75 million for Salaries and Expenses at the FBI
- $400 million for FBI “Construction”
- $300 million for grants to combat violence against women
- $1.5 billion for Byrne grants
- $440 million in State and Local law enforcement grants
- $100 million in State and Local grants for anti-narcotics work
- $300 million in law enforcement assistance to Indian tribes
- $100 million in grants for the Office for Victims of Crime
- $150 million for rural law enforcement
- $50 million in aid to combat Internet Crimes Against Children
- $1 billion for the COPS program (hiring new police officers)