We Spend More on Prisons than Schools – From AlterNet

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You might find this article a bit partisan, but there is some very interesting information buried in it. It’s a reblog from AlterNet. Please let me know what you think.

http://www.alternet.org/education/crazy-country-6-reasons-america-spends-more-prisons-higher-education?akid=9298.79351.y_IKZG&rd=1&src=newsletter701550&t=3

Why do people steal in order to buy drugs? For starters, most are poor and will stay that way because as a society we have failed to create an inclusive full-employment economy. Instead we genuflect to Social Darwinism, hoping that the jobs for all will miraculously appear from the private sector, and if they don’t, then it must be your fault if you don’t have a job. Second, drug prices are vastly inflated due to price subsidies disguised as drug enforcement. Every dollar spent on the vast apparatus that attempts to enforce prohibition drives up the price of drugs and the amount of crime related to drug use.

The writers pose the question why does the U.S. spend more money on prisons than on higher education, and answers with the author’s top 6 reasons.

English: Graph demonstrating the incarcerated ...
English: Graph demonstrating the incarcerated population relative to the general population. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2 thoughts on “We Spend More on Prisons than Schools – From AlterNet

  1. Excellent article. The War on Drugs was lost before it was started only we’re too brainwashed to realize it. I used to be a drug rehab counselor and the best thing we could do is decriminalize and send people to jail only for actual criminal acts.

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