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Cost of incarceration rising in Idaho
By mtexpress.com- Alejandra Buitrago
Published: 10/10/2018

Over the last 35 years, Idaho’s imprisonment rate increased five-fold, making it the state with the 13th highest incarceration rate in the nation and outpacing all six neighboring states, according to a new report from the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy. In 2016, Idaho had the lowest violent-crime rate but the highest incarceration rate, compared to Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, according to the Idaho Department of Correction.

Fifty percent of the increase in incarceration rates came from newly sentenced individuals on non-violent drug offenses, according to the Idaho Department of Correction.

The report by the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy states that policymakers have increased funding for prisons at a faster rate than funding for education, with prison spending going up 204 percent between 1992 and 2017, after adjusting for inflation. State spending on higher education rose by 26 percent and K-12 spending rose 87 percent during that same time.

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