ADECA Official Responds To Cuts

Alabama's Department of Economic and Community Affairs responds to a story WSFA aired Monday night.

The story involved deep cuts in the budgets of organizations representing crime victims . Tuesday, Jimmy Fry with ADECA said the cuts are necessary because money saved by the state over several years has finally run out.

Fry said the money had accumulated from years when the state didn't use all of the money it received from the federal government for crime victims assistance programs. Instead of returning the extra money, the state saved it and used it as new programs started up.

"I know personally, being a victims' advocate, that they're wonderful programs, but unfortunately, the funds for which we have to fund those programs are limited... It's not that we're shifting the money somewhere else or giving victims' money to another group," says Fry.

The government gave ADECA more than $6-million dollars to fund the programs, which had asked for $8.5-million. So, ADECA decided to impose a 35% across-the-board cut to all organizations under the "Victims of Crimes Act."

The impact is being felt statewide and locally at the Council Against Rape, Child Protect, The Family Sunshine Center, VOCAL, and several other organizations supporting rape victims in Selma, Troy, Auburn, Dothan, and Opp.

ADECA suggests those organizations suffering from the cuts seek other grants and rely on the support of individual communities.