Impact of Public-School Funding on Juvenile Incarceration Rates
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For the past few decades, the United States has had one the highest incarceration rates in the world. With thousands of youths under the age of 18 being in prison, it is important to analyze which form of prevention is more effective in decreasing the juvenile incarceration rate. This paper examines whether an increase in education funding would help decrease the juvenile incarceration rate. Apart from analyzing the impact of federal spending on public schools, this paper also analyzes other explanatory variables such as poverty rates, crime rates, school drop-out rates, and school policies across states. Using data from 2016 to analyze juvenile incarceration rates, other variables were ultimately more impactful than funding to public schools.