Pop Quiz: California Spent X Times As Much On Prisoners As It Did On Students?

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.

via The Ohio Department of Health

UPDATE: Back in April, Ohio was leading the way of conservative leaning U.S. states in its response to the coronavirus. Part of that effort manifested in this simply brilliant PSA that showed how social distancing saves lives. The imagery of ping pong balls and mouse traps captured the "dilemma" perfectly: Would you want into a deadly trap when you could easily sidestep it? Of course not. So, why would you put your life and the lives of others at risk by something as callous as failing to respect basic social distancing guidelines?

Unfortunately, the number of new Covid-19 cases has been spiking across the country. In order to help give the public a reminder of just how deadly this disease is, and frankly, how easy it is for most people to practice social distancing, the PSA has been once again making the rounds. It's sad that we're all having to share this message again. But if it saves lives, the work must be done.

The original story begins below:

When it comes to shaping public opinion hard-hitting visual examples can be a lot more persuasive than words and statistics. The Ohio Department of Health created a visually dazzling public service announcement using ping-pong balls and mousetraps to explain how social distancing works.

This PSA is just another example of how Ohio is getting things right during the pandemic. As of April 9, the state has about 5,100 infections, fewer than a third of the cases in similarly sized Michigan, Pennsylvania and Illinois.

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