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    A recent Legislative Analysts Office  report noted that the state spent $179,000 in 2011-12 per incarcerated youth in the state’s DJF facilities.  Compare that to the approximately $7,500 per year that California spends per youth for K-12 education.

    The Chronicle article also notes, “Corrigan said in the first Jerry Brown administration, California had 44,000 people in prison. Today it has 44,000 prison guards. ‘It costs seven times as much to put someone in prison as to educate them to keep them out of prison,’ Corrigan said. Among African Americans age 18 to 30, more are in prison, on parole or in some part of the criminal justice system than are in college.”

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