U.S. Judges Urge Congress to Give More to Courts

Chief federal judges in every state but Nevada are urging lawmakers to avoid another round of automatic spending cuts that would have a “devastating and long-lasting impact” on federal courts. In a letter sent this week to congressional leaders in both parties in the House and Senate, the judges said that the $350 million reduction in the judiciary's budget for the current year has dramatically slowed court proceedings and put public safety at risk. The judges say there are fewer probation and other law enforcement officers to deal with record numbers of convicts who have been released from prison or given alternative sentences. Congress will return in September to try to negotiate a long-term spending deal. The Nashville Ledger has the story.