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Why is Prison Spending Outpacing Education Spending in Texas?

A recent report from the U.S. Department of Education says over the past three decades, state and local spending on prisons and jails has risen more than three times faster than spending on elementary and secondary education.  The disparities are far greater in Texas, where prison spending grew at nearly eight times the rate of […]

Houston Matters microphonesA recent report from the U.S. Department of Education says over the past three decades, state and local spending on prisons and jails has risen more than three times faster than spending on elementary and secondary education. 

The disparities are far greater in Texas, where prison spending grew at nearly eight times the rate of school spending.

To learn more about this disparity, we talk with Krista Gehring, assistant professor in the Criminal Justice Department at UH-Downtown.

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