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Mass Incarceration on Trial

By Scott McLemee The United States has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world. It has come down a sliver over the past six years: the all-time peak rate was in 2008, with 754 prisoners per 100,000 population. As of 2013, that figure had fallen to 716, but the U.S. has retained

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How to Stop Revolving Prison Doors With Books

By Alice Hu / Harvard Political Review Education reduces crime. This connection seems like common sense, and indeed it has been researched, analyzed, and affirmed countless times. According to a 2007 study by researchers at Columbia University, Princeton University, and City University of New York, higher education reduces the crime rates of both juveniles and

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Viewpoint: Prison Spending Hurts Education? Not Exactly.

By Robert Robb The knock on Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget that seems to have gained the most traction is that it shortchanges K-12 education in favor of prisons. Now, an argument can be made that Arizona underfunds K-12 education. In fact, I’ve made it. There’s a reasonable discussion to be had about Arizona’s incarceration rates.

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CHSVT Board: Cutting Prison Education Is Shortsighted

Editor’s note: This commentary was submitted by the Community High School of Vermont State Board. Its members are George Cross, chair, Winooski; Carol Bokan, vice chair, Shelburne; David Luce, secretary, Waterbury; Daniel Alcorn, Rutland; Sarah Flynn, Burlington; Richard Fraser, South Ryegate; Jason Gibbs, Duxbury; and Brian Vachon, Montpelier. The Community High School of Vermont (CHSVT)

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U.S. Prison Population Soars as Education Spending Plummets

By Kate Randall / World Socialist Web Site  Image courtesy upworthy.com The prison populations in most US states are at historic highs. Prisons in 36 US states incarcerate three times as many people as they did in 1978. State prison systems account for 87 percent of the total prisoner population, or roughly 1.3 million in

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