Prison population soaring on stiffer punishment, straining city budget

From the article: “PHILADELPHIA spends more on prisons – $231 million last fiscal year – than it does on libraries, parks, Council, the District Attorney’s Office, the Board of Ethics and Licenses & Inspections. Combined.”

“It seemed as if that was changing last year. The prison population had finally dropped below 7,700 inmates – after quadrupling from 1980 to 2008 – because of reforms to the city’s criminal-justice system. That helped save the city more than $7 million in overtime costs, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts.”

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