Political Bites : Does Arizona Spend Too Much on Prisons?

Does Arizona spend too much, too little or about the right amount of money on prisons, and why?

Arizona is definitely spending too much on prisons.  In 2010, we were spending almost $1 billion or 11% of general fund on corrections.  Arizona’s prison growth rate has outpaced every other state in the Nation finding 1 out of every 170 Arizona’s in prison.  It is time we start diverting more nonviolent, low-risk offenders to home arrest, probation or other more inexpensive forms of punishment/rehabilitation.