a States are ranked 1-50 with 1 meaning the lowest ratio of spending per prisoner vs. public school student and 50 meaning the highest ratio of spending per prisoner vs. public school student.
Note: “n/a” means data were not available because the District of Columbia does not have a prison system. Spending per prisoner based on prisoner count on December 31, 2014, the latest count within FY2015.
Sources: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Justice Expenditure and Employment Extracts. 2018. “Table 10. Detail of Direct Expenditure for Correctional Activities of State Governments by Character and Object, Fiscal Year 2015 (Preliminary).”” https://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=6310; U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. 2018. “Inmates in Custody of State or Federal Correctional Facilities, Including Private Prison Facilities, December 31, 1999-2016,” http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=nps; U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), National Public Education Financial Survey, 1989-90 through 2015-16. 2018. “”Table 236.65. Current Expenditure per Pupil in Fall Enrollment in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools, by State or Jurisdiction: Selected Years, 1969-70 through 2015-16.””