"prison spending increased 127% from 1987 to 2007"

Strapped States Eye Prison Savings [Stateline.org. Jan. 26, 2009] ~ “Nationally, corrections trails only health care, education and transportation in consuming state dollars. Prison spending increased 127 percent from 1987 to 2007 [emphasis added], and at least five states — Connecticut, Delaware, Michigan, Oregon and Vermont — now spend as much or more on corrections as they do on higher education, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers and the Public Safety Performance Project…”

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