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Justice must be put back in our Criminal Justice System

The United States’ world-leading incarceration rates make it “an international outlier” and the Country spends over $80 billion annually on maintaining its growing prison population. Recent analysis of crime rates by New York Times Opinion contributors show this system fails cost-benefit analysis.

The cost of prisons expands into the larger economy. High prison costs mean states dedicate more funds to incarceration than to other budget items. The amount spent on prisoners tends to exceed the amount a state spends on education for each public school student.

Sources: 2014 report by the Hamilton Project, U.S. News opinion piece & CNN

MORE MONEY SPENT ON PRISONS THAN EDUCATION

2014 Annual Cost Per Student: $13,077

2015 Annual Cost Per Inmate: $33,507

2015 Prison Population: 47,662

Sources: IllinoisPolicy.org, Vera Institute