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Incarceration vs. education: America spends more on its prison system than it does on public schools

  • Most American states spend more on their prisons than they do on education - and California is the worst, investing $64,642 per prisoner compared to $11,495 per student - a $53,146 difference in spending priorities

  • The reasons include an incarceration rate that has tripled over the past three decades, the higher cost of caring for people in prisons 24 hours a day, and the higher number of workers required to operate a prison

  • New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Rhode Island round out the top states spending more on prisons 

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