I’m sure there’s more to the story than is written here, but my jaw is touching the floor. This article makes me want to learn more about educational policy and the thought processes behind budget committees. Surely this was well researched and based on expert views. Right?! I think I have too much faith in our policy makers. Luckily, some PhD friends and I are looking to change the world – as soon as we finish one of those dissertation thingies. Shouldn’t take long.
From the article:
“But wait a minute: the DOC doesn’t plan to build the Phoenix complex in addition to Graterford. On the contrary, it plans to close Graterford and replace it with two new complexes… So even if we take the DOC at its word that SCI Phoenix will hold 4,100 inmates when it’s complete, the state will still hold about 2,400 more prisoners than it ideally should.
So what’s the point of spending $400 million on a prison again?”
“If correctional spending is going to remain high on Pennsylvania’s list of priorities, that spending should go toward reducing the prison population rather than building extravagant complexes to support the status quo.”
I mean… This is only the future of America we’re talking about.