Harrisonburg Jail Funding Soars as Social Funding is Stagnant

It’s hard to imagine other government functions growing this much year after year.

Harrisonburg City Funding by Year

This chart includes only funding from the City of Harrisonburg, and is derived from Harrisonburg City budgets. Most programs, including Community Services Boards and local jails, receive a mix of state and local funding, so this chart does not reflect the total budget of these institutions.

One reasonable question is whether the growth of jail and court spending is due to changes in crime, yet crime in Harrisonburg has been declining along with the rest of the country.

The criminal justice system
continues to grow even as crime falls.

Middle River Regional Jail is currently considering expanding their building. Millions of dollars are at stake.

Talk to your public servants about your priorities.

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