Crime Slows While Prisons Grow


by Jacob Jedamus-Denu on Nov 1, 2014 | Views: 308 | Score: 6
Growth in state general fund spending, adjusted for inflation, 1986-2013
Higher Education5.6
K-1269
Corrections144
Percentage
Sources: cbpp.org
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Jacob Jedamus-Denu
Jacob Jedamus-Denu on Nov 1, 2014 1:51 PM said:

The United States spends more on prisons than education every year. Even though crime rates have continually fallen since the 1970's, incarceration rates have increased a whopping 250%. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, "If states were still spending on corrections what they spent in the mid-1980s, adjusted for inflation, they would have about $28 billion more each year that they could choose to spend on more productive investments." Crime alone cannot possibly be blamed for these staggering statistics, but state policies certainly can.

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