Obama 2011 budget request: Justice Department

By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, February 1, 2010; 2:59 PM

The FBI would get an additional $219 million to boost its national security efforts and the Justice Department's National Security Division would receive $8 million more to protect against terrorist threats and cyber attacks, according to President Obama's proposed budget.

Overall national security spending by the Justice Department would increase $300 million, according to the proposal.

The White House is also allotting $73 million for the transfer and prosecution of nearly 200 detainees remaining at the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which the president has pledged to close.

The plan represents a significant increase in national security spending but also reflects some traditional law and order priorities. The budget provides $538 million to support women who have been victims of domestic abuse or sexual assault, an increase of $120 million over last year; $133 million for programs to help prisoners reenter their communities; and $19 million for the FBI to hire 45 new agents to combat crime on American Indian reservations.

The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division will receive an 11 percent boost, in line with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s commitment to revitalize the unit.

Overall, the Justice Department budget for the next fiscal year amounts to $29.2 billion, an increase of more than 5 percent over the previous year.

For the full budget request, click here.

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