America Spends More on its Prison System than it does on our K-12 Public School System.
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Over the past three decades, state and local government expenditures on prisons and jails have increased about three times as fast as spending on elementary and secondary education.
At the postsecondary level, it is even worse. From 1990 to 2013, state and local spending on corrections rose by 89 percent while state and local appropriations for higher education remained unchanged.
During that same time, the growth of student loan debt went from $24 billion to $110 billion per year, a 352% increase in loans. The number of students borrowing increased by 40%, while the number of student enrollment in public colleges only increased by about 4%.
But we know that educational attainment and incarceration are linked…. Two-thirds of state prison inmates have not completed high school. But it gets worse… Young black men between the ages of 20 and 24 who do not have a high school diploma have a greater chance of being incarcerated than of being employed.
Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction
December 10, 2019 at 3:33 AM #236468MistaPParticipant
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December 10, 2019 at 3:33 AM #2364693fingerbrownParticipant
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Locking people up is a bigger priority than educating children for our capitalist political misleaders.
All governments lie to their citizen's, but only Americans believe theirs.
December 10, 2019 at 4:08 AM #236476HassleCatParticipant
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I’m thinking there may be a cause-and-effect relationship here.
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