State Budgets

Changing Priorities: State Criminal Justice Reforms and Investments in Education

Most states’ prison populations are at historic highs after decades of extraordinary growth. This rapid growth has been costly.

Even as states spend more on corrections, they are underinvesting in educating children and young adults, especially those in high-poverty neighborhoods.

State economies would be much stronger over time if states invested more in education and other areas that can boost long-term economic growth and less in maintaining extremely high prison populations. Read more

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Poverty and the Safety Net

Safety Net Cut Poverty Nearly in Half Last Year, New Census Data Show

Safety net programs cut the poverty rate nearly in half in 2013, our analysis of Census data finds, lifting 39 million people — including more than 8 million children — out of poverty. Read more

Learn more about how specific safety net programs reduce poverty: SNAP  |  Rental Assistance | Tax Credits

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