What does the higher-education system have to do with our discussion? Unless you somehow link it and make it relavant, that's like the South Park Chewbacca Defense.
OK, I'll go slow for you.
Subject: Incarceration Up, Education Down
: America’s Cannibalistic Profiteering
We're WAY past the point of debating just the OP's left-wing opinion article.
I too could do a quick google search and copy and paste links, but guess what googling 'American justice system is broken' brings up? Guess what googling 'American justice system is the best in the world' brings up? Yeah, more conveniently linkable opinions and pretty graphs fitting the search terms.
Have you ever seen the subject lines of the threads here on this forum? Have you read anything written by Tony? American kids are using apostrophes to pluralize nouns, misspelling basic words, and handing in term papers written in 'OMG, RUS? Txt like this. Cu l8tr'. They're some of the fastest texters in the world, but they couldn't tell you the difference between there, their, and they're if their lives depended on it.
Let's do this the half-debate way: Fix the justice system that some maintain is broken. Great, now Tom the pot smoker who wouldn't hurt a fly is now free to go to school. First off, IF he doesn't drop out, he goes on to ITT tech. He graduates with $75,000 in debt and no job prospects. Problem solved? No. He's still getting his money extracted through his ass by the corps with no lube.
Let's debate the part between the comma and colon in the subject. What's the good of getting them out of prison and into school if school isn't doing anything and the for-profit colleges are bleeding disadvantaged kids drier than any legal system ever could?
If you're going to debate the small percentage of convictions that should never have been convictions and tangent into particular offenses, should the debate not include the rather large percentage of students not learning jack shit in college when the entire debate is about how the prison system makes it difficult to get the misdemeanor kids into school and off the streets?
If this doesn't meet with your approval, well, that's fine by me.