Misplaced Priorities: Los Angeles, CA
More than 50 percent of the people who were in prison, and are now on parole in Los Angeles live in zip codes that are home to only 18 percent of the city's adults. This means that more than a billion taxpayer dollars are spent every year to incarcerate people from Los Angeles neighborhoods where less than 20 percent of Los Angeles residents live.
We also know that in Los Angeles, 69 of the 90 (67 percent) low performing schools are in neighborhoods with the highest incarceration rates. By contrast, 59 of the city's 86 high performing schools (68 percent) are in neighborhoods with the lowest incarceration rates.