Sequestration Nation: Who's Going to Feel the Cuts?

By Emma Fidel - 2013-03-20T11:54:45Z

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The Justice Department transferred $150 million to the Bureau of Prisons to avoid furloughing 3,570 correctional officers each day, Attorney General Eric Holder said in a March 22 memo. “The loss of these correctional officers and other staff who supervise the 176,000 prisoners at 119 institutions would have created serious threats to the lives and safety of our staff, inmates and the public,” Holder said in the memo to employees obtained by Bloomberg News. The Justice Department still must cut over $1.6 billion from its budget in the last seven months of this fiscal year, Phil Mattingly reports. The transfer for employees' pay only lasts through the end of the fiscal year in September.