- To the praise of HIV prevention advocates, President Obama's budget proposes allowing federal funds to be used once again for syringe exchange programs.
- In related news, the Kaiser Family Foundation has issued a fact sheet on funding for HIV/AIDS initiatives in President Obama's fiscal year 2013 budget request, showing an increase of 3 percent over funding levels for the 2012 fiscal year.
- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's budget plan proposes moving addiction treatment for adolescents to a new Division of Child Integrated System of Care Services. It would also provide an additional $2.5 million to set up mandatory drug courts for people convicted of nonviolent offenses.
- Illinois watchdog groups are raising alarms about the governor's plan to close two prisons, saying crowding will worsen at the remaining facilities.
- The budget passed by Florida's Senate this week would close eight prisons, because of a declining inmate population, but would also cut funding for mental health and addiction services.
- Some California criminal justice leaders are opposing Governor Jerry Brown's cost-saving proposal to phase out the state's Division of Juvenile Justice and send the most troubled youths to county facilities.
- In an effort to get soldiers suffering from addiction into treatment, the Army has added a screening for certain painkillers to its drug tests.