The below intern blog is a commentary on the misplaced priorities away from education and towards the criminal justice system based on a report by the NAACP that can be found below the commentary.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has recently released a report entitled Misplaced Priorities discussing the greater focus on funding correctional facilities as opposed to funding education. Mass incarceration disproportionately impacts populations that are most vulnerable, including people of color, individuals with little education, mental issues, and drug abuse as well as those who are unemployed. The report refers to the prison system as a broken system and yet, billions are put into such a broken system as opposed to reserving this funding for educational purposes. As written in the report, “funding for higher education grew by a modest 21 percent, while corrections funding grew by 127 percent, six times the rate of higher education” (14). Rather than restricting educational funding in support of a broken prison system, funding should be directed towards education to assist students successfully complete college during a time where tuition and fees are increasing rapidly. Reserving funding for education is a better-quality investment in the future of our youth instead of simply supporting a broken prison system that contributes to a cycle of criminal involvement.