Invest to Educate, Not Incarcerate

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Recent government statistics reflect a 1.3 percent decrease in the overall prison population; however, the U.S. correctional system still retains the dubious distinction of having the world’s largest prison population and the highest incarceration rate in the world (754 per 100,000 people) (Glaze, 2010). Over the last four decades, the number of people incarcerated in America quadrupled from roughly 500,000 to 2.3 million (Sabol, et. al., 2009). It is safe to say that while we lag behind other nations in high school graduation rates, we remain a world leader in the number of people incarcerated.

This overreliance on incarceration is costly. Each year the United States spends nearly $70 billion to incarcerate people in prisons and jails, to imprison young people in detention centers and “youth prisons,” and to keep 7.3 million people under watch on parole and probation in our communities.

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