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    Misplaced Priorities: How Increased Prison Spending Impacts Education and Public Safety

    Released on April 7th as part of the NAACP’s “Smart and Safe Campaign”, Misplaced Priorities , examines America's increasing levels of prison spending and its impact on state budgets, particularly in the area of education. Misplaced Priorities tracks the steady shift as funding for prisons has grown over funding for both higher education and K-12 education. Research emphasizes the relationship between education levels and crime and delinquency for adolescents in a community...
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    Education - A Key to Lowering Incarceration Rates?

    In this report from the Justice Policy Institute, researchers summarize "recent findings on what is known about educational attainment as it relates to crime trends and public safety." Studies cited include a paper published in the American Economic Review, and the Alliance for Excellent Education's 2006 report, Saving Futures, Saving Dollars : The Impact of Education on Crime Reduction and Earnings. Among findings noted is that "a 5 percent increase in male high school graduation...
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    In-Depth Look At Inmate Literacy

    How well can prison inmates use printed and written information to function in society? The National Center for Education Statistics today released a long-awaited report, Literacy Behind Bars : Results From the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy Prison Survey. The report examines literacy from a wide variety of characteristics, including race/ethnicity, gender, educational attainment, age, language spoken before staring school, and parents' educational attainment. It also examines relationships...
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