John Kitzhaber: "It costs $10,000 a year to keep a child in school; it costs $30,000 a year to keep someone in prison."

PolitiFact Oregon:

The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Does Oregon spend $10,000 a year per student, $30,000 per inmate?

In his annual address, Gov. John Kitzhaber called on lawmakers to make a range of difficult decisions in order to put more money into schools. The actions include reducing the costs of health care and corrections. State forecasters estimate the prison population will grow, in part due to tougher sentencing measures and in part due to overall population growth, at an extra cost of $600 million over the next 10 years. The governor said most of the beds will be occupied by nonviolent offenders. Kitzhaber acknowledged that politicians don’t like to appear "soft on crime." ... >> More

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