The U.S. Department of Education released a brief on Thursday that looked at how much states spend on jails versus what states spend on education.
From the report:
In the last 30 years, state and local spending has increased three times faster for prisons than they have for schools.
The United States is now home to less than 5 percent of the world’s population but nearly 25 percent of the world’s imprisoned people.
Prison spending is still a fraction of overall pre-K through 12 education spending: States spend $71 billion on prisons and $534 billion on schools each year. But that combined state and local prison budget is now over an eighth the size of the school budget.