Report says prison spending outpacing education budget

Posted at 9:28 AM, Jul 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-25 09:28:55-04
BALTIMORE (AP) - The U.S. Department of Education has found that Maryland's spending on prisons is growing at a rate that's twice as fast as spending on education.
The Baltimore Sun reports  that such an increase is not unique to Maryland. Nationally, state and local budgets for incarceration rose three times faster than school spending.
The report analyzed spending data from 1980 to 2013. During that time, Maryland's incarcerated population rose from about 11,000 to nearly 34,000. The state's population rose as well, but at a far slower rate.
The report comes at a time of increasing debate over the country's incarceration rates, particularly for nonviolent offenders, and prison spending.

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