California spends too much on prisons, not enough to keep people out of prison

California spends too much on prisons, not enough to keep people out of prison

The prison population & crime rates across #California have declined, yet state spending on incarceration has grown by 32% since 2007. 📈 “We are spending too much on our prison system because our justice system has become convoluted with excessive sentences, countless crimes and arbitrary sentence enhancements.” When we spend over $80,000/year to keep one individual behind bars and less than $12,000/year to support a K-12 student,…

Police, schools, form partnership to combat child trauma

Police, schools, form partnership to combat child trauma

This school district in Michigan is disrupting the school to prison pipeline with their "Handle with Care" initiative- a new effort in coordination with local police departments to assist children dealing with trauma. The correlation between childhood trauma and incarceration is extraordinary, with some estimates hovering around 90%. "Recent national studies showed that 60% of American children have been exposed to crime, violence or abuse. Another 40%…