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Obama seeks to increase funding for crime research

According to The Crime Report, the President’s FY 2011 budget proposal includes a $22 million increase for the National Institute of Justice and a $2.5 million increase for the Bureau of Justice Statistics (these two agencies fall under the federal Office of Justice Programs and together perform the bulk of the nation’s research on crime and justice). At the same time, it proposes to cut $15 million from local prosecutions of gun crimes through the federal Project Safe Neighborhoods program.

Does this signal a shift on the part of the administration away from prosecution and toward research as a primary mechanism for administering the criminal justice system?

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