Over the past 35 years, the state prison budget has exploded by almost 1288% and we’ve seen an unprecedented growth in the prison population.
When you combine the closing of mental health facilities with a war on drugs, you get an enormous ripple effect across our communities.
We’re often ignoring alternative strategies that do work to prevent crime. For example, research shows that higher levels of household income are associated with lower rates of intimate partner violence against women.
The unprecedented growth in prison spending is one of the reasons that Colorado ranks at the bottom of states for public investment in education.