ERIC Number: ED446476
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
From Classroom to Cell Blocks: How Prison Building Affects Higher Education and African American Enrollment in California.
Connolly, Kathleen; McDermid, Lea; Schiraldi, Vincent; Macallair, Dan
From 1984 to 1994, the state of California constructed 19 prisons and only one state university, according to this report presented by the Justice Policy Institute. The report suggests on the basis of that data and other findings that the state of California has made financial and budget policy decisions which work against African Americans, and that prison building has become a priority while higher education has lost ground in the areas of state budget, number of jobs, affordability, construction of new institutions, population increases, and salaries for professionals. It is argued that African American communities have suffered as a result. Compounding the problem, a public university education is becoming less affordable. Grants have decreased, and tax dollars spent on various budget items reflect increasingly higher proportions spent on corrections. The trend is expected to continue in the next decade. The report suggests implementing policies that will limit growth of the prison population, and shifting budget priorities to promote affordability and accessibility of higher education, particularly for African Americans. (HB)
Descriptors: Black Students, Correctional Institutions, Educational Economics, Enrollment, Enrollment Influences, Financial Support, Government Role, Higher Education, Public Education, Public Policy, Public Support, State Government, Universities
For full text: http://www.cjcj.org/jpi/california.html.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, Washington, DC. Justice Policy Institute.
Identifiers - Location: California