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Positive Social Investments

Rather than putting money into prisons and the criminal justice system, communities would benefit from stronger education systems, job training, youth-oriented programs, and other community-based initiatives. Investments in programs and services like these can prevent justice involvement, improve community well-being and save money in the long run.

Here, you can find JPI reports, briefs and factsheets discussing where scarce taxpayer dollars are best spent to support people and communities.

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Education and Incarceration
As of May, 2003, 21 states were considering proposals that would affect funding levels for K-12 education including across the board cuts, reducing transportation funds, slashing state aid for…
Is Maryland's System of Higher Education Suffering Because of Prison Expenditures?
In a state which ranks fifth in the country in per capita wealth, Maryland's expenditures on higher education are not even in the top half of American states. In fact, in 1997, Maryland ranked 33rd…
Class Dismissed: Higher Education vs. Corrections During the Wilson Years
An increase in funding for Higher Education represents a step in the right direction, but this is an unusual year in that California had a 4 billion-dollar surplus at the end of the 1997-1998 budget.
From Classrooms to Cell Blocks: A National Perspective
Americans will soon be forced to spend their tax-free education funds on an ineffective, costly criminal justice system.

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