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Budget Cuts Could Leave Thousands of Children without Representation

February 13th, 2008 by flanews

State budget cuts could leave thousand of children in the court system without adequate representation. It could also cut hundreds of beds for juvenile offenders. The House Safety and Security Council met Wednesday. They discussed what programs would need to be cut to meet the governors budget suggestions. Council members said they may have to close some juvenile detentions centers, cut back on day treatment programs, and reduce prevention services. Governor Crist said his budget recommendations wont allow violent offenders to slip through the cracks.

One of the things we are very focused on in this administration is making sure safety and security are always a priority and they are in this budget that weve recommended. After consulting with secretary McNeil, Im confident we wont have any violent criminals out, said Crist.

The council is also looking at cutting grants for child advocacy groups.

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