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School to Prison Pipeline
There has been almost a 22% cut in funding to public schools in the last 5 years.
Arizona spends 40% more on prisons than on our 3 universities.
Prison funding has gone up 75% in the last 10 years, while university funding has declined by 11%.
70% of incarcerated people in state prisons are high school drop outs.
2 of our local high schools are considered drop out factories with a combined rate of 55%.
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Did you know that if a student can't read on grade level by 3rd grade, he is 4 times LESS likely to graduate, and that 80% of Pima County inmates are high-school drop outs?
In Arizona, the budget for our prisons is 40% higher than all 3 university budgets combined. We also spend 3 times more per prisoner than we do per public school students.
The Annual Expenditure of One Youth in the Justice System
- Juvenile Detention: $49,300
- Juvenile Correctional Facility: $123,400
- Adult Prison: $25,900
Cost to Society: -$3.8 Million
If prisons are not full, YOUR tax payer dollars pay for the
empty beds at private prisons!
The Annual Expenditure of One Youth on the Road to Success
- Higher Ground: $1,500
- University Education: $19,600
- Job Coprs Training Program: $39,700
Benefit to Society (through lifetime tax contribution): +$1 Million
It COSTS much less to support a youth NOW
than to deal with the consequences of a lifetime
of poor choices!