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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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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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