"There's a direct relationship between how much money the Golden State spends on prisons and how much it spends on higher education, according to a report put out by the non-partisan public policy group California Common Sense. When one goes up, the other goes down. And, at least in California, the former has been going up a lot more than the latter. The study, entitled Winners and Losers: Corrections and Higher Education in California, looked at the state's general fund expenditures on corrections and higher education from the period between 1981 and 2011. Since 1980, higher education spending has decreased by 13 percent in inflation adjusted dollars, whereas spending on California's prisons and associated correctional programs has skyrocketed by 436 percent...".* Ana Kasparian and John Iadarola (host of TYT University and Common Room) break it down on The Young Turks.
*Read more here from Aaron Sankin in The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/06/california-prisons-colleges_n_186310...