Investing in prisons instead of children

Here’s a sure sign of a thriving society with healthy priorities and a bright future: investing in prisons instead of children.

According to a new Department of Education report, over the past 30 years state spending on correctional facilities has surged at three times the rate of spending on elementary and secondary schools.

What about college? Ha. Since 1989, state and local governments’ investment in higher education has stayed the same, compared to an 89 percent jump in prison-and-jail spending. Common sense dictates these trends might somehow be related…

Note that Texas has increased its corrections spending in relation to education by such a high percentage that it looks like a typo: 668 percent faster…

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