During high school and even in college, I have had internet access, access to a weight room and gym, access to a library. In high school they have P.E. and other sports which you really don't have to pay for. I also had access to computer labs, and of course there is funding to earn a degree. Free housing? If you call living in a cell housing, if you call those jump suits clothing. And most colleges that have a dental program actually offer free dental care.
The fact is, it costs money to keep the bad guys locked up so that the civilian life with be with less robberies, murders, and so on. Otherwise, all of you would either have your money/property stolen, be under a constant threat of being injured/killed, and possibly raped. Transportation to and from school would be more dangerous. Anyway, the fact of the matter is,you are getting free money to go to school so it doesnt matter how much you get. I'm pro justice.
Solid points, but in KY education funding was cut this year to 2008 levels. Next year to 2006 levels.
Prison funding increased, as did money to the Creation Museum.
Fact is there is more money to be made in government prison contracts than education contracts.
Actually, the fact is that too many people are locked up for petty crimes, such as minor marijuana possession. I'm not talking drug cartels here. If all the non-criminals in all the states were allowed to own guns, we wouldn't have to worry about crime as much. The fact is, when you take guns away from law-abiding citizens, the only people who have guns are cops and criminals. If we stopped locking people up for minor offenses and we allowed all citizens to own guns, crime would go down and we'd be able to spend more money on education. I'm sure all of you went to relatively "okay" schools, but you have no idea what it's like in inner-city schools and you have no idea how much more funding could help those schools and keep THOSE kids from becoming criminals who we'll have to pay for later anyway when they're in jail.
is trying to remember some good news coming from the state of Michigan and I'm sadly failing.
@Patrick Wilson, you bring up a valid argument. I don't doubt any sane person would disagree that it costs money to keep the bad guys locked up.
nor do I think the spirit of the info-graphic is so much that we should stop funding prisons, so much as that we should be doing more to fund education and give more opportunities and ability for people to make something out of themselves before becoming wrapped up in the justice system.
however, I think a solid argument could be made about some of the things money that is spent on prisons is going towards.
unfortunately you have incredibly clever individuals with access to legal council, law libraries and an insane amount of free time to demand what is given to them by fighting and changing the law.
A lot of offenders currently serving time are not serving time for raping, murdering and robbing innocent, law abiding folks. they're non-violent drug offenders who need rehab and maybe probation/restitution instead of being kept under lock and key 24hrs a day for 1-5 years. I imagine that would save a few dollars for the state to have an income stream from only needing to hire a fraction of the numbers of people to be probation offices instead of corrections officers.
it's a big messy argument, and unfortunate that in Michigan more money is spent on prisons than schools. I'd be willing to bed this is the case in most states, and there really isn't a simple answer.
One of the most common themes among criminals is a lack of education.
Recent social experiments in black inner cities and rural white areas have proven that bad schools make bad neighborhoods, not the other way around.
The US now has the world's largest prison population & privatized prisons are a growth industry & highly profitable.
Also what potential does a well-funded student have as a opposed to the potential of a well-funded prisoner?
ok in the UK it must be different here students get free health care, internet access, weight room (gym) in college anyway), television in college, access to a library, a computer lab, and free dental care I think atleast with the NHS same with health care :)
the only problem with that is that a third of the people who are locked up, are in jail because of charges on marijuana. a third.
i understand i come from california, land of the green, but i still think that most people agree that marijuana isn't quite a good enough reason for a third of the prison population. not when it costs so much to take care of the prisoners and there's overcrowding at least.