Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), introduced a bill that implements a tax on private prisons that operate in California. The tax revenue generated by the bill will fund preschool and after-school programs. Among other benefits to participants, these programs are known to lower the likelihood of incarceration.
“Every child deserves an opportunity at a high-quality education,” said Thurmond. “Students who have access to early education and after-school programs show higher test scores and increased engagement in school. This bill will invest in programs that promote educational equity.”
Current active contracts between private prisons and the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation total over $200 million. The proposed corrections budget this year alone totals $12 billion. In comparison, the state spends relatively little on programs known to prevent incarceration.