A blog of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section

Tuesday, Governor Corbett proposed his $27.1 billion budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The budget does not propose a tax increase. The budget for the Judiciary will remain the same as the 2011-2012 fiscal year. The budget for the Attorney General will be cut by four per cent.

Link to full budget

The Bar Association’s lobbyist, Crisci Associates, reports the following:

Police and Public Safety

“Citizens of the commonwealth must be protected. If we have no other job maintaining civil order is it. Without safety there can be no society,” Corbett said.

This budget includes:

— Funding for a new Pennsylvania State Police cadet class of 115 troopers and to maintain civilian support staff.
— Level funding for Department of Corrections for the first time in more than a decade. Corrections will implement numerous cost containment programs, including better overtime management and partial hiring freeze.
— Funding to the state Fire Commissioner to expand training activities for volunteer fire companies.
— Homeland security operations have been integrated into the Pennsylvania State Police, consolidating intelligence and law enforcement technology.
— Increased funding for PA Board of Probation and Parole personnel, which supports the transition from incarceration to community, while still protecting the public.

The Free Student Research Center is now OPEN. It will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9AM to 3PM. The Free Student Research Center is available for use by attorneys who are current members of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section and who are court-appointed to the case for which they seek research (either state or CJA!).

The Free Student Research Center is located in the Jack Myers Memorial Lounge on the Third Floor of the CJC. You may make a research request in person or via the Criminal Justice Section website at http://www.philadelphiabar.org/page/CJResearch

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