ERIC Number: ED429509
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
New York State of Mind? Higher Education vs. Prison Funding in the Empire State, 1988-1998.
Gangi, Robert; Schiraldi, Vincent; Ziedenberg, Jason
This paper examines trends in the support of public higher education versus that for prisons in New York State over the last decade and concludes that the dramatic rise in funding for prison expansion has come at the expense of higher education. The paper notes that (1) since fiscal year 1988, operating budgets at New York's public universities have plummeted by 29 percent while funding for prisons has increased by 76 percent, a nearly equal trade-off in actual dollars; in 1995 New York ranked forty-fifth among states in per capita state appropriations for higher education, even though the state has the fourth highest per capita income in the nation. Also noted is that the Rockefeller drug laws and the second offender law have resulted in fully 62.5 percent of the people sent to prison in 1997 being committed for nonviolent offenses at a cost to the state of $680 million yearly; during the same period substantial tuition hikes at the State University of New York and City University of New York were imposed to compensate for the $615 million reduction in state higher education funding. The paper urges that these laws be repealed and replaced with cheaper, more effective drug treatment programs. (Contains 18 endnotes.) (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Justic Policy Inst., Washington, DC.; Correctional Association of New York, New York.
Identifiers - Location: New York