Spending More On Prisons Than Colleges – Report

Spending More On Prisons Than Colleges – Report

August 19, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


california is spending more on its
prison system that on education something that’s pretty much
unsurprising to the most the majority of people who are living in california now
public policy group known as california common sense decided on this just to see are what the implications are and just how
much more were spending on the prison system as opposed to education so they look at
the numbers from nineteen eighty one to twenty eleven and they found out that
higher education spending is down by thirteen percent however spending on california prisons
and correctional programs four hundred thirty six percent now dot part of the reason why this is happening
is because we are putting more more non-violent offenders in prison four things like drug violations you know
that that reasons people shouldn’t be in prison basically over the past three decades the numbers
of inmates in california prisons has actually increased eight times faster then the size of the overall population and this isn’t something that we’re
jesse in california which is part of the reason why bring this story it to you
guys today this is something that we’re seeing
across the country we have created for-profit prison companies throughout
the country because our state and county prisons are
so overcrowded we’re putting so many people away for nonviolent drug offenses we are now depending on private businesses that
make money to lock people up right of course those
businesses also lobbied cop congress to pass tough on crime legislation and you know it more and more people get
put behind bars so we are that’s partly partly out as a
drug offenses partly three-strikes laws partly such as they were putting more people in
but that we’re leaving them in jail longer so that and it makes you
accumulate a bigger population uh… eight times the rate of their the
size of population does anyone as they were watching this think that
there are eight times as many criminals as their once were will but with the
crime is a little bit up because the bad economy but there are less rights each
year than there were a decade ago west murders less burglaries all of those
things so why should the population jail be coming up it’s its is bad at worst anymore in prison ne all
spending on prisons that they they highlight a few things like um…
increased healthcare in some cases you know and we would want that uh… if
they’re spending it to rebuild take prisoners that costs money i have no
problem spending more on that but if you’re simply locking up more people
especially if you’re locking them up in a more expensive fashion by saying
that a for-profit prisons that i don’t i don’t see why we should be in favor of
that and we put up against education spending which is going down i think
that that puts our priorities at least for the state level i interesting level
focus now one of the reasons why i spending for the prison system is so
expensive in california’s because of the salary that we paid for a corrections
officers and i’m not arguing that we should pay
them less well we we have a prison for eight near san francisco for instance
seven cisco’s inexpensive place to live so i can understand why be given so much
more and keep it real their corrections
officers working in a prison that is not an easy job uh… but at the
same time when you look at the amount of money we’re paying our educators and you
compare that to the amount of money we’re paying uh… staffing employees within our
prison system i mean there’s no comparison whatsoever when you look at alarms your picture and
you focus on higher education as well you realize that higher education has
been deep funded significantly in the last decade and as a result students are
needing to take out more loans i mean the cost of course the transferred onto
the students so they take out more loans there are more debt uh… and they also getting less in
terms of quality education here self this is a real problem not just in
california throughout the country and it’s something that needs to be
addressed we have to stop putting non-violent criminals and i think annuity people use drugs ok should not
be imprisoned we should focus on getting that helped so they quit their
addiction to give them not auction you know if the if u_n_ genuinely concerned
about how harmful drug use can be on society then let’s do
something to help them with their addiction as opposed to throwing them in
prison were ill rule in their lives forever basically no one wants a higher
convicted uh… you know criminal or anything like
that so it basically falls of around for the rest of their
lives all because they you know did cocaine or whatever kind to me that
it’s rediculous here’s an idea of take some of the money
that you would otherwise spend in prison put that into elementary high schools
give kids a better education given the consummate you’ll have less criminals
ten twenty thirty years down the line