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April 7, 2011

New NAACP report laments shift of state funds from education to prison spending

NAACP report As detailed on this new page from the NAACP website, today "the NAACP released a new report, Misplaced Priorities, that examines America's escalating levels of prison spending and its impact on state budgets and our nation’s children." Here are the basics:

Misplaced Priorities tracks the steady shift of state funds away from education and toward the criminal justice system. Researchers have found that over-incarceration most often impacts vulnerable and minority populations, and that it destabilizes communities.

The report is part of the NAACP’s “Smart and Safe Campaign,” and offers a set of recommendations that will help policymakers in all 50 states downsize prison populations and shift the savings to education budgets.

The full report is available at this link, and here is a snippet from its executive summary:

In this new report, Misplaced Priorities: Over Incarcerate, Under Educate, NAACP researchers assembled data from leading research organizations and profiled six cities to show how escalating investments in incarceration over the past 30 years have undermined educational opportunities.  Misplaced Priorities represents a call to action for public officials, policymakers, and local NAACP units and members by providing a framework to implement a policy agenda that will financially prioritize investments in education over incarceration, provide equal protection under the law, eliminate sentencing policies responsible for over incarceration, and advance public safety strategies that effectively increase healthy development in communities.

Misplaced Priorities echoes existing research on the impact excessive prison spending has on education budgets.  Over the last two decades, as the criminal justice system came to assume a larger proportion of state discretionary dollars nationwide, state spending on prisons grew at six times the rate of state spending on higher education.  In 2009, as the nation plummeted into the deepest recession in 30 years, funding for K–12 and higher education declined; however, in that same year, 33 states spent a larger proportion of their discretionary dollars on prisons than they had the year before.

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Thank the lawyer for intimidating schools into ending all school discipline and student performance. Correct a student, get sued. The lawyer has also intimidated school boards into spending vast amounts of money on defective children, who will never achieve anything. Their entitled parents get four times the spending. You could send 4 deprived but bright children to prep schools for the price of a single special education. The VFL has destroyed the performance of the male student, except that at which he is biologically superior. Feminist ideology and political correctness, has, at the point of a gun, enforced the catering to every worthless, crybaby minority, and freak group over the interest of normal people. What was freak is now the indoctrination goal of the VFL. The know nothing Supreme Court has completely taken over educational policy, and destroyed our school performance.

The return on investment of education, eradicated by the lawyer, may be ten times tuition.

However, the return on investment for prison is 10's of 1000's of percent. When you loose one of the vicious clients of the lawyer, you generate massive costs in government services. The value of real estate within a mile drops to nil. So release a prisoner, destroy $millions in our economy.

Something has to be done about the lawyer. To deter.

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