What We Read Today 18 January 2014

January 18th, 2014
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Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary "reading list" which will include very brief summaries of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for "reading list" items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number accepted.

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  • Facts and Figures on Incarceration in America (John Light, Moyers & Company) Hat tip to Roger Erickson. The U.S. has 5% of the world population and 25% of the world prison population. If the $50 billion spent by states each year on prisons were spent on education (for 2.5 million prisoners, about 4 million more public school children could be educated. Or the amount invested in each of the 49 million public school students could be increased by almost 8%.

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