Numerous times I’ve heard people state America spends more on prisons than schools. Pretty damning
statement for the United States but is it true? Here is what I found.
First from the National Center for Education Statistics –
Total expenditures for public elementary and secondary schools in the United States amounted to $632 billion in 2010–11
Just today Rolling Stone magazine released an article about prisons and estimated prison costs.
Americans spend more than $80 billion a year keeping our fellow citizens on lockdown.
That prison figure touted includes all levels (local/state/jail).
So no, the United States does not spend more on prisons than education.