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Nationally, there is a growing awareness that cuts in court budgets are putting the quality of justice at risk. Responding to this growing threat, the ABA has recently established a Task Force on the Preservation of the Justice System. Other groups are also trying to build awareness of the necessity of funding state courts adequately.
*The percentage of money the state spends on the Judiciary from its general revenue budget has declined during the last 20 years.
Bottom Line: Underfunded courts hurt all taxpayers, who are forced to foot the bill when legal proceedings drag or people are wrongly imprisoned.
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