In general, state spending on corrections has grown much faster than education spending
over the last three decades. In eleven states, corrections has now surpassed higher
education as a percentage of funding.
Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analysis of data
from National Association of State Budget Officers, State Expenditure Report
(various years, 1986–2013) (Washington, D.C.: National Association of State Budget
Officers, 1987–2014), http://www.nasbo.org/publications-data/state-expenditure-report/archives.
Source: The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, “Distribution
of State General Fund Expenditures (in millions): Fiscal Year 2013,” http://kff.org/other/state-indicator/distribution-of-general-fund-spending/.
Note also that when excluding appropriations for community colleges and technical
schools, additional states—including California—have spent more on corrections
than on higher education in recent years.