Skip to main content

From Classrooms to Cell Blocks: A National Perspective

America is undergoing a national crisis. Current policies are already in place which force state legislatures to decrease higher education and other social service expenditures in order to fund costly and ineffective prison expansion. According to the Campaign for an Effective Crime Policy, every dollar in the $30 billion Crime Bill will cost states $3 to $5 ($90 to $150 billion) in expenditures. If these criminal justice policies continue, many states will be forced to spend most of the newly proposed $51 billion education fund on corrections rather than education. The latest proposed tax incentive for education, America's HOPE Scholarship, will be useless to taxpayers if current criminal justice policies persist. Americans will soon be forced to spend their tax-free education funds on an ineffective, costly criminal justice system.


Full Report

Keywords: Criminal Justice, Education, Fiscal Policy, Positive Social Investments, Report

Posted in Positive Social Investments

JPI's work

Through a combination of groundbreaking research, communications strategies and technical assistance, we inform advocates, policymakers and the media about fair and effective approaches to justice and community well-being.

Learn more »


We envision a society with safe, equitable and healthy communities; just and effective solutions to social problems; and the use of incarceration only as a last resort. Please help us end the #IncarcerationGeneration with a generous contribution.

Contribute »

Sign up for our newsletter