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


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, misplaced prioritiesparticularly 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. 

The report concludes with a “Call to Action” and offers a set of recommendations to downsize prison populations and shift the savings to education budgets.  Profiles of the six cities studied in the report can be found on the NAACP website.

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Posted Thu, Apr 14 2011 3:31 PM by Susan Powell


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