Bernie Sanders – Bernie Sanders is right that South Carolina spends more on prisons than schools

The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Bernie Sanders is right that South Carolina spends more on prisons than schools

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., accused South Carolina of spending too much on prisons and not enough on schools, keying in on the issues of mass incarceration and education with an eye toward the early primary state. "Last year, South Carolina spent $21,756 per prison inmate and $11,552 per student," Sanders wrote in an Aug. 26 post. "We should be investing in jobs and education, not more jails and incarceration." South Carolina’s situation is not unique. Across the country, states spend more on average to lock people up than to educate students. Sanders may have focused on the Palmetto State …

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