Facts about America's Prison System

  • America has the highest incarceration rate in the world.
  • 1 out of 100 adults are in prison,
  • The U.S. incarcerates 5 times the world average.
  • Once released from prison, 2 out of 3 are rearrested within a year. 
  • In 1982 state prison budget was 9 billion
  • In 2009 state prison budget exceeds 60 billion
  • Crime rates in America have been dropping for the last 15 years, while budget spending has increased steadily. 
  • The U.S. spends 6 times more money on prisons than education.
  • California in 2006 spent 8,000 dollars on one student in the Oakland School district.
  • California in 2006 spent 216,000 dollars on one juvenile inmate.
  • Over the course of the last 20 years, the amount of money spent on prisons increased by 570%, while the money spent on education increased by only 33%.
  • Over 75% of inmates are illiterate at a 12th grade reading level.
  • Less than 20% of inmates have their high school diploma. 

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