Solomon Jones Opts for Schools Over Jails
Written by Solomon Jones on May 20, 2015
I envision my son one day embarking upon the science career he desires. I expect my daughter to attend an Ivy League law school, where she’ll use her gifts of deduction and reason to level the scales of justice.
I know there are thousands of children with similar visions. Unfortunately, our city’s leaders seem to have a different end in mind for the children of Philadelphia.
While our public schools are projecting an $85 million deficit with no certain way to fill the gap, City Council is considering Bill 150406, which was sponsored by 6th District Councilman Bobby Henon with the support of the Nutter administration. The bill authorizes the city to purchase a 58-acre tract of land at 7777-R State Road, for up to $7.26 million.
That land would be used to replace the aging House of Correction with a new prison that would cost up to $500 million to construct.
Perhaps that would be acceptable in another time and place. But how, in a city that can’t find $85 million for education, can we find $500 million for a prison?