Increase Education Funding to Decrease Prison Population

Friday, May 12, 2017

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) has written legislation that will provide a revenue stream for large scale programs known to prevent incarceration such as preschool and after-school programs. Assembly Bill 43 will assess a tax on for-profit companies including private prisons that contract with state prison facilities to provide goods or services. “These programs have the ability to excite children about learning and strengthen a student’s engagement in school, while helping them set higher educational goals for themselves, said Assemblymember Thurmond. “The purpose of this bill is to educate and not incarcerate our youth by investing in programs that directly benefit children.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.