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Department Of Corrections Facing More Cuts In The Budget

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Fewer ex-cons are being supervised after they get out of prison.

Our News Partner KIMA Action news reports the Department of Corrections says it’s now feeling the effects of legislative changes in 2009 regarding supervision time.
The number of cases regarding supervised ex-cons dropped by 38 percent since July of 2009.
It came about from state legislation that shortened the required supervision time.
Case workers say a lot of these people are likely to commit another crime.
Meanwhile, lighter caseloads also led to layoffs this week.
One officer we spoke with says there are benefits to handling fewer cases.

“Well the positive is being able to spend more time focusing on treatment programs or other kinds of resources to get people to be successful in their supervision,” said Community Corrections Officer Myrl Weaver.

The Department of Corrections says there will likely be more cuts in this year’s budget.

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