State spending on colleges and universities has remained roughly flat, in inflation-adjusted dollars, since 1990. But spending on prisons has nearly doubled. There are now 18 states where taxpayers spend more on jails and prisons than they do on colleges and universities.

Surprise! Surprise! Illinois made the list!

Wonder Why Illinois is the first and only state to be at Junk Bond Status?

Illinois is currently one of the top 15 states in the nation when it comes to costs per prisoner for those who are incarcerated within the state. This is not one of the top 15 lists any state wants to be on. The amount of money spent on crime prevention seems to be lost on politicians who continue to push the agenda that everyone who commits a crime needs to be incarcerated. The numbers are really staggering when you put those figures into dollars and cents.