Monday, October 5, 2015

The hidden costs of funding prisons instead of schools

Lawmakers in 11 states are spending more on prisons and jails than their public colleges, according to a report compiled by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

According to the report, state budgets for public universities have been cut about 20 percent since 2008 when recession hit, while funding for prisons has spiked 141 percent.

That's solving the wrong side of the problem, argued Secretary of Education Arne Duncan during a speech this week. "The linkage between education, or a lack thereof, and incarceration is powerful," he said.

More:  http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2015/1003/The-hidden-costs-of-funding-prisons-instead-of-schools

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