Sometimes I look at things like these graphs and I think to myself that politicians really can make a difference and more often than not the difference they make is hurting people. And then I think about how all the money spent incarcerating people could have been spent in programs of social uplift and it’s really inexcusable.
Average cost of incarceration in California is $60,000 a year. We could be sending all of our prisoners to Harvard. Or hey, we could be sending underprivileged high school students to Harvard! But instead, we’ve got this.