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News pertaining to state deficits has unfortunately become society’s reality. The societal implications are evident due to high rates of unemployment as well as the immense struggle of businesses and organizations. Criminal justice agencies are no different, and are equally subjected to the affects of economic deficits. This issue is affecting every state on a different level. For the purpose of this discussion, the state of Connecticut will be used as an example. This discussion will address the implications of economic deficits and how the deficit affects agencies involved with case studies.
First of all, “Connecticut has a $15.8 billion in unfunded pension liabilities in the State Employees Retirement Fund and the Teachers Retirement Fund, as well as $29.6 billion in unfunded post employment benefits, such as health, dental, and life insurance” (State Budget Challenges Facing Connecticut, 2010). As state employees, it should be very clear as to how this would affect those in criminal justice. It is believed that Connecticut needs to invest in programs that have proven res…
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