More Proposed Cuts at Justice Dept., Wall Street Journal Reports

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Belt tightening is already being felt at the Justice Department and there’s to come, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Journal’s Devlin Barrett reports that the U.S. Marshals Service, due to funding constraints,  has already shut down the Fugitive Safe Surrender Program, which successfully encouraged fugitives to turn themselves in.

And there’s more.

Citing internal documents from the Office of Management and Budget, the Journal wrote  that OMB’s proposals include:

“Increasing the amount of time deducted from prison terms for good behavior, which would immediately qualify some 4,000 federal convicts for release, and another 4,000 over the next 10 years.”

“Eliminating the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Gang Intelligence Center, for a savings of $8 million in the next budget year.”

“Sharing less of the proceeds from property confiscated from criminals with state and local authorities, and eliminating other funding to local police departments for some operations. The change would reduce spending by $120 million, according to the White House.”

The Journal also reported proposed cuts at ATF.

To read full Journal story click here.

Read Washington Post story on ATF cuts.

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