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Education Secretary: Want To Save On Prisons? Spend More On Schools.

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will add to the renewed focus on criminal justice reform with a speech Wednesday afternoon calling on state an...

States Are Prioritizing Prisons Over Education, Budgets Show

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics

If state budget trends reflect the country's policy priorities, then the U.S. currently values prisoners over children, a new report suggests. A r...

Bankers Are Practically The Only Ones NOT Going To Jail

Simon McCormack | Posted 02.16.2013 | Crime
Simon McCormack

America's prison population has erupted over the last 30 years. However, there is one particular group of individuals who it appears are too important to throw behind bars, no matter how egregious their crimes.

Tyler Kingkade

How The Drug War Is Bankrupting Public Higher Education | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 08.28.2012 | College

In 2012, both corrections spending and student debt hit $1 trillion milestones, leading higher education advocates to wonder how prison costs soak up ...

Private Prison Secrecy

David Shapiro | Posted 07.10.2012 | Business
David Shapiro

Corrections Corporation of America, the largest private incarceration company in the world, today convenes its annual shareholder meeting. Participants will pore over profit and revenue figures, but the real question is, should for-profit prisons exist at all?

Getting Children Ready For School

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.12.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Staying in school and receiving a quality education are the best deterrents to juvenile delinquency. Yet almost half of our states spend on average more than three times as much per prisoner as per public school pupil.

California Budget Pits Colleges Against Prisons

Newsweek | Pat WingertJune 28, 2010 | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Faced with a $19 billion budget deficit this spring, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he was taking a cleaver to state health and ...

Stealing From California's Young People

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

By blocking any new revenue streams to fund higher education, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Senate Republican minority are not only taxing California's young people and their families, they are crippling the state's future.

Report: Prison-Packing Politics A National Disaster

Lecia Shorter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lecia Shorter

The costs of citizen incarceration and prison spending have skyrocketed and recidivism remains high. At last, policymakers are questioning the wisdom of tough-on-crime campaign rhetoric.