- The U.S. has the highest rate of juvenile incarceration in the industrialized world, and the vast majority (3 in 4) of the country’s incarcerated youth are held for non-violent offenses.
- California spends $10 billion annually on state prisons, and local counties spend billions more on jails, juvenile halls and Probation camps.
- Over 6,500 people currently in California prisons were under the age of 18 and as young as 14-years-old at the time of their crime.
- California built 22 prisons since 1980, but only 1 UC and 3 California State Universities. We went from #1 nationally in education spending to #1 in prison spending. We are #47 in K-12 spending and #51 in funding for higher education. California now has 34 state prisons and only 32 public universities.
Sep 23 2016
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