Social Investment

“A college student costs the state $8,667 per year; a prisoner costs it $45,006 a year.”

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Let’s hear it for The War On Some Drugs!

8 Responses to “Social Investment”

  1. Pitt says:

    What happens if you send the kid to college, where he gets exposed to the marijuana and ends up in prison anyway. Then you’ve just wasted 48K+ on the stoner.

  2. Pitt says:

    $53K+. Apparently college didn’t do me any good, either.

  3. matt says:

    Sure, prison costs more than grad school. But you learn so much more!

    What kind of graduate student knows how to make toilet wine, or give a tattoo using soot from a burnt styrofoam cup? That kind of education costs money, people.

  4. Pitt says:

    Not to mention “Shivs and Shanks: Critical Differences and Preferred Construction Techniques”

    Hey, I know an ex-con who makes $14 an hour doing manufacturing, and an MBA grad making $10 an hour as a secretary. Who says prison doesn’t work?

  5. brianN says:

    Nobody’s really studied rates of graduate student recidivism, but that place has a way of getting to you, you get… institutionalized. Why after getting out I still have to ask a committee every time I formulate a proper control, can’t squeeze out one figure without someone’s permission.

  6. matt says:

    You joke, but moving from academia into industry has been a heck of a culture shock for me for the last six weeks or so. I’m really surprised at how little sense some of my long-ingrained habits really made.

  7. BrianN says:

    Yeah, I’m not completely joking. The more I’m here, the scarier it seems on the outside.

  8. Pitt says:

    I think both industry and academia each have their own quirks. As do the people who work in them.

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