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Our mission is to reverse the trend of mass incarceration in Colorado. We are a coalition of nearly 7,000 individual members and over 100 faith and community organizations who have united to stop perpetual prison expansion in Colorado through policy and sentence reform.

Our chief areas of interest include drug policy reform, women in prison, racial injustice, the impact of incarceration on children and families, the problems associated with re-entry and stopping the practice of using private prisons in our state.

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Bush's Budget Cuts Funding For Substance Abuse

Major SAMHSA programs slated for cuts or elimination under the president's FY09 budget plan for HHS include its Programs of Regional and National Significance: cut by $250 million, to $639 million. The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment's budget would fall by $63 million, while the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention would have $36 million less to spend next year if Bush's plan were approved. The Center for Mental Health Services would be slashed by $126 million.

Drug-prevention advocates and others are raising the alarm over President Bush's FY2009 budget plan, which slashed $198 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and calls for elimination of the Recovery Community Support Programs and the STOP Underage Drinking program.

The budget also calls for spending $10 million less on the Drug Free Communities program, a major funding source for many community anti-drug coalitions. "The majority of programs that our field advocates for were recommended for severe cuts," noted Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America in an action alert calling for supporters to contact lawmakers to oppose the cuts. "Only a very small handful of programs were recommended for increases."

But Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W. Va.), chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, charged Bush with "robbing Peter to pay Paul -- taking critical funds from essential domestic programs to fund the president's pet projects and the president's disastrous war and nation-building adventure in Iraq."


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5 comments:

joe g. said...

george w. bush... typical lock 'em all up and throw away the key, peice of shit republican. When does it end? they're already mis-treating and over-sentencing their 'country men' behind what has turned into a billion dollar failed business called 'the war on drugs'. Failing of course if your on the wrong end of the spectrum. But companies like CCA and GEO group, along with numerous 'law enforcement agencies' thrive because of this BROKEN system and approach to this farce called the war on drugs. I can make a phone call any time day or night to score some dope if I wanted to, and nothing, I mean NOTHING that anyone does will stop that from being the case. When will the idiots that somehow ended up in charge get it? WHEN? I mean what is it gonna take? Has anybody seen what goes on in the city of Washington D.C.? Are these people who claim to be our leaders for real? The reality of addiction dictates a different approach, and the economics of the drug trade also dictate a different, pro-active approach. When is that reality going to sink in with john q. public? Is it gonna take another revolution? I'M ALL IN...

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