More details on local impact on law enforcement budget cuts

Since I last wrote on the impact of budget cuts to our local public safety, a new article from the Anniston Star has provided further details.

The cuts include a $154,286 hit for the Seventh Circuit district attorney’s office, which serves Calhoun and Cleburne counties. . .

Judicial circuits serving Randolph and Talladega counties will see cuts of more than $100,000 next year, as well. The 5th Circuit, which serves Randolph, Chambers, Tallapoosa and Macon counties, is budgeted to lose $142,606, while the 40th Circuit in Clay and Coosa counties is losing $54,151.

According to Randall Hillburn, executive director of the Alabama District Attorneys Association and the Office of Prosecution Services:

We are literally dying on the vine. I don’t know what they expect us to do, because we certainly cannot fill our constitutional obligations on the amount of money they’re giving us to live on,” he said.

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