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Spending on jails outpaced spending on schools by three times over the last 30 years
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of Miami Herald

Miami Herald, July 7, 2016
Posted: July 17th, 2016

Over the last 30 years, local and state governments increased how much they spend on putting people in jail three times more than how much they spend on educating students, according to a new analysis by the Department of Education. From 1979-1980 to 2012-2013 ... governments increased spending on incarceration by 324 percent (from $17 to $71 billion). This is more than three times the spending increase on education, which only grew 107 percent (from $258 to $534 billion) over the same time period. All of the 50 states had lower expenditure growth rates for PK-12 education than for corrections. When I think about the lives of those who are incarcerated, I cant help but feel disheartened, Education Secretary John King wrote on Medium. I cant help but think about their families, spouses, sons, daughters, and parents - or about the art not created; the entrepreneurial ideas that may never reach the drawing board; the classrooms these Americans will never lead; and the discoveries theyll never make. King also cited research showing [that] a 10-percent increase in high school graduation rates leads to a 9-percent decrease in the rates of criminal arrest, and reduces murder and assault rates by 20 percent. Redirecting some of the funds currently spent on corrections in order to make investments in education that we know work, the Department of Education report said, could provide a more positive and potentially more effective approach to both reducing crime and increasing opportunity.

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