July 13, 2016

Prison spending increases three times faster than that for public schools

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A new U.S. Department of Education report says state and local government spending on jails and prisons increased three times faster than spending on elementary and secondary education during the last three decades. And the picture is even worse when it comes to public colleges and universities. “At the postsecondary level, the contrast is even starker,” wrote the report’s authors: From about 1989 to 2013, “state and local spending on corrections rose by 89 percent while state and local appropriations for higher education remained flat.”

The spending spree on prison cells instead of classrooms underscores how the nation has become preoccupied with security, even though crime rates have fallen during that time period for most of the country, according to the report.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The fact is that this is a modern legal form of slavery.
Prison industries give incentive to lock up more citizens and they work for slave wages and get out and cannot vote or get a job and will end up back in prison and working for slave wages.
I read once that all prisons in the united states before about 1953 were self sufficient. The prisons grew their own food and made their own clothes.
I have not verified that but its makes sense. It should be possible.
I am against prison industries and think everyone should see the danger.