Prisons, or schools? Prisons, or mental health care? Prisons, or freedom?


Here’s one from a maybe-odd source, but with relatively good citations.

If we have limited money to spend in government, can we put spending on a balance to see where it should be spent?  This is one example out of many pending before the U.S. Congress and state legislatures, today — right now, and for the coming several months.  When you hear elected representatives say “we must cut spending to reduce deficits,” you need to understand that their proposal is to cut spending for education, for job training, for employment assistance, for unemployment payments, for health care, for mental health care, for drug rehabilitation programs, but generally NOT for incarceration programs.  In short, they are saying we must cut off the education of poor kids, to build jails to house them if they run afoul of the criminal justice system after being unable to get the education and training to get a job that will produce the income that would have made them great parents and taxpayers.

If we have limited money to spend in government, can we put spending on a balance to see where it should be spent?

  • Prisons, or schools?
  • Prisons, or mental health care?
  • Prisons, or drug rehabilitation?
  • Justice, or incarceration?
No Justice For All poster, prisons vs. education - OnlineJusticeDegree.com

From OnlineJusticeDegree.com; check references listed on the chart.

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3 Responses to Prisons, or schools? Prisons, or mental health care? Prisons, or freedom?

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    Mark (Pseudo-Polymath)! So your answer to evil is we should turn our heads and wait for it to get us? That’s not adequate. Giving evil a full run is the antithesis of civilization — though, I know that the idea of civilization bothers you, because it requires taxes and people to obey laws.

    “Be afraid,” is a good p.r. line for a scary movie. It’s crappy public policy, especially with schools.

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  2. Well said. In a capitalist country we vote with our pocketbooks. Where government money is being spent says a lot about our priorities. Thanks for the mention in the “More” section.

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