Corrections & Public Safety

 

Contains information on state prisons, parole system, law enforcement and courts. In fiscal year 2011, state spending for corrections accounted for 7.4 percent of general fund budgets. As the fourth largest expenditure category within state general funds, states will continue to identify savings and other efficiencies in corrections and public safety as a way to offset spending growth in other areas.

Staff Contact: Michael Streepey

NASBO Publications

  • State fiscal conditions are modestly improving in fiscal 2014 with spending and revenues projected to rise above fiscal 2013 levels. Signs of fiscal distress continue to subside, and most states expect revenue and spending growth in fiscal 2014. Tax collections outperformed projections in fiscal 2013, and revenues experienced steady gains in most states. Although revenues are expected to increase in fiscal 2014, states are not projecting a rise in tax collections comparable to the gains in fiscal 2013.
  • The latest edition of NASBO’s State Expenditure Report finds that for the first time in the history of the State Expenditure Report total state spending declined in fiscal 2012, due to the combination of state funds slowly increasing and federal funds rapidly declining. It is estimated that expenditures returned to more typical growth levels in fiscal 2013 as both state and federal funds moderately increased.
  • State spending for corrections has risen steadily over the last three decades, outpacing the overall growth in state budgets. The state inmate population has grown as well, leading many states to direct more resources for prisons and incarceration, sometimes at the expense of other priorities.