Incarceration vs. education: America spends more on its prison system than it does on public schools | Daily Mail Online

Incarceration vs. education: America spends more on its prison system than it does on public schools | Daily Mail Online

Most American states spend more on their prisons than they do on education – and California is the worst, investing $64,642 per prisoner compared to $11,495 per student – a $53,146 difference in spending priorities
The reasons include an incarceration rate that has tripled over the past three decades, the higher cost of caring for people in prisons 24 hours a day, and the higher number of workers required to operate a prison
New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Rhode Island round out the top states spending more on prisons

California spends $8.6 billion a year on its prison system, more than any other state, averaging $64,642 per inmate. It’s also the state with the biggest gap between education and prison spending, paying just $11,495 per student for a difference of $53,146, according to a new analysis by personal finance site GoBankingRates.

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It is cheaper to send all prisoners to Harvard than to keep them in prison. Just sayin.

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  1. This actually isn’t new. I recall little kids being upset in the 1970s that the new jail had air conditioning, TV, and carpet (at a time when carpet was considered a great thing) and their school had none of the above and played basketball in a condemned gym. I never figured out how ball games with visitors were held in a condemned gym. By the late 90s, students in a nearby junior college all knew someone who had gone to jail. What is new, I think, is the private jail contractors who rip everyone off. They could go to Stanford, too, for that amount of money. But, once they get out they will still find no jobs, since the US prefers to bring in people on H1B and similar visas. That’s the dirty little secret. US universities have become a sort of long-term daycare to keep people out of the unemployment line, among other things to lengthy to itemize in a comment. (Thanks for the reblog, too.)

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