April 2009

According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, in fiscal year 2006 federal, state, and local governments spent an estimated $214 billion for police protection, corrections, and judicial and legal activities, a 5.1 percent increase over the previous year. The federal government spent more than $36 billion on direct expenditures for criminal and civil justice in fiscal year 2006; state governments spent over $69 billion; and local governments spent over $109 billion.