You've got to wonder how many of these kids in jail would be in college if we'd invested our money in their education. I'm a California taxpayer, and I want my money back.
CORRECTION: Thanks to some intrepid tweet checking from Knight Fellow Martyn Williams, we discovered that the CNN data behind this comparison is incomplete and potentially misleading — it's comparing total prison spending to a subset of higher education spending. Unfortunately, enrollment data is not available for the entire California higher-education system, so we're unable to update our graphic to provide a per-capita comparison. We've amended the headline to indicate our uncertainty.