Today, we say to the prison-industrial-complex that we are going to bring about real criminal justice reform. We are going to end the international embarrassment of having more people in jail than any other country on earth. Instead of spending $80 billion a year on jails and incarceration, we are going to invest in jobs and education for our young people. No more private prisons and detention centers. No more profiteering from locking people up. No more "war on drugs." No more keeping people in jail because they're too poor to afford cash bail.
Last year South Carolina spent: $21,756 per prison inmate $11,552 per student It makes no rational sense to invest more in keeping people in prison than keeping them in school. As president, I will do everything I can to reverse this absurdity.