The cost of putting a student through school is less than the cost of imprisonment. On top of that, an individual has a much higher financial (and social) benefit to their community as a high school or college graduate than as an inmate.
Check out this image below, originally created by Jason Killinger for Maskar Design, to see how the financial and social costs of education and incarceration compare. Using Philadelphia as an example, this infographic illustrates the disparity between where our resources go, and how this system harms both our students and our communities.
Designed by Jason Killinger for Maskar Design