President Obama’s proposed 2015 budget would boost criminal justice reforms and authorize the hiring of dozens of civil rights and immigration lawyers, while also increasing support for the federal courts, the nation’s civil legal aid providers and enforcement activities at federal regulatory agencies.

The U.S. Department of Justice would receive $27.4 billion in the budget year that starts on Oct. 1, including an additional $173 million for state and local prisoner re-entry programs, a key part of a “Smart on Crime” initiative Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. first announced in August.

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