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Published June 22, 2013 1:01 am

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Recently, 500 inmates from the Utah prison system earned their high school diplomas ("Record number of Utah inmates graduate high school," Tribune, June 13). That is great, but I wonder how many of those individuals would not be in prison if they had graduated from a traditional high school.

If our Legislature would properly fund our schools, many of these graduates may not have fallen through the cracks. Utah spends $6,212 a year to educate each student and $29,349 a year to incarcerate an individual.

Utah is now debating whether to build a new prison at a cost of $600 million, and probably more. The trend continues.

Mark Miller