One percent of American adults now incarcerated
Kay Steiger notes that prison spending is creeping up on higher ed spending:
Twenty years ago we spent 32 cents on prisons for every dollar we spent on higher ed, today, it's 60 cents. This is due in large part to the crunch on state budgets--the first thing to be trimmed from the budget is usually colleges and universities. The reasoning is that students can pay higher tuition rates to make up the difference, but with prisons, an increased population must be supported by the state. [TAPPED]
How 'bout that war on drugs, eh?