Prison officials want to raise probation fees

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Posted: Nov 5, 2010 8:20 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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BATON ROUGE - State prison officials want to raise probation and parole fees by $10 to soften the blow of budget cuts.

Department of Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc told lawmakers Thursday that the increase would generate $3 million the agency sorely needs.

Last year, the state's Division of Probation and Parole collected $27 million in supervision fees, victim restitution, fines and other expenses.

The state is facing a $1.6 billion budget shortfall in the fiscal year that starts next summer.

The Jindal administration directed state agencies to prepare for 35 percent budget cuts.

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