What are some good examples of additional government spending saving money in the long run?

The Truth about prison costs "vs." Education and Welfare costs…

Answer by Kris Rosvold:

Putting money into education and welfare vs. Imprisoning Citizens later in life because they have few options other than crime (excluding crimes of passion or insanity, which are a whole different issue) to pay for their needs.

State Incarceration, on average, costs  $32k per year per inmate for the entire time the citizen is incarcerated. With the range varying between $14k and $60k. Note that this number is low, because it often doesn't include all the "hidden" costs like unfunded pensions for guards, medical costs for injured guards, and some administration costs.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&ei=7igXVNOOHJTaoASXy4H4Bg&url=http://www.vera.org/sites/default/files/resources/downloads/Price_of_Prisons_updated_version_072512.pdf&cd=2&ved=0CCAQFjAB&usg=AFQjCNFqmywzaFpYwHbWau63ZEOsTQwHoQ&sig2=8vq6E8_4w9Fq06oY6GbErg

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/08/24/nyregion/citys-annual-cost-per-inmate-is-nearly-168000-study-says.html?_r=0

Consider these expenses redirected towards education or basic social support so that these folks have a chance at a decent life without resorting to crime.  For your average 3 year inmate, what kind of education and support during education, spent by society prior to their crime(s), would $93,000 buy?

I've  talked extensively with several dozen inmates, as a part of taking AA meetings into jails, and every last one (other than those in for crimes of passion/mental illness) claims that lack of education and lack of valid, usable, options for supporting themselves is, or was, a major factor in their criminal history.

But, we've already known this for decades…
http://www.slate.com/content/dam/slate/archive/2010/10/1_123125_123087_2240624_2269713_101007_jur_incarcerationratechart.jpg.CROP.original-original.jpg

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2010/10/toxic_persons.html

What are some good examples of additional government spending saving money in the long run?

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