NEWS BRIEFS: 20% of States Spend More Public Money on Prisons v. Higher Ed

Michigan is one of the states–10 in total–that put more state money behind the prison system than investing in higher education. Here’s a quote from the report (read the full report here):

“Michigan, Oregon, Arizona, Vermont, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Delaware, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Colorado, and Connecticut all failed to make the cut. Each state has a higher budget for jails and prisons than public research universities. Adjusted for inflation, spending on elementary and secondary education increased by nearly 70 percent while corrections saw an increase of over 140 percent between 1986 and 2013. In Michigan, nearly 25 percent of the state’s spending from general fund expenditures went towards corrections compared to just 15 percent on higher education.”

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