ERIC Number: ED435284
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Trading Classrooms for Cell Blocks: Destructive Policies Eroding D.C. Communities. Policy Report.
Ambrosio, Tara-Jen; Schiraldi, Vincent
This study sought to examine whether the growth in the District of Columbia's criminal justice expenditures was impacting on the financing of public higher education. Text, graphs, and figures focus on: (1) the impact of criminal justice policies on the University of the District of Columbia (UDC)--the only publicly funded institute of higher education in the District of Columbia; (2) the consequences of the District's criminal justice policies, noting that there are more District residents in prison than there are in publicly funded college classrooms; (3) the negative effects of the District's imprisonment policies on African American communities; (4) the tremendous increase in corrections funding (312 percent) compared to funding for UDC (82 percent) over the last two decades; (5) the long-term consequences of choosing prisons over education; and (6) the need to change priorities. Among six recommendations are the following: abandon the federal sentencing guidelines and leave the "mixed" sentencing system in place; adopt a moratorium on new prison construction and cut the nonviolent prisoner population in half over the next five years; initiate community corrections initiatives; and invest in the future of children, families, and communities. (Contains 23 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Public Welfare Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, Washington, DC. Justice Policy Institute.
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia