Prison Versus School


Food: Surprisingly, despite no government regulation of prison food it’s healthier than school food. The typical school cafeteria meal includes one bread item, 1 and 1/2 to two ounces of meat, eight ounces of milk, and a ½ cup of veggies or fruit. While prison offers one bread item, ¾ cup of starch, three to four ounces of meat, one beverage, ½ cups of veggies, and one serving of fruit or dessert. Prison food is healthier and cheaper despite having a cheaper federal budget.

Outside time: Unfortunately for students, children spend less time outside each day than prison inmates do in the United States. Inmates are guaranteed two hours of outdoor time daily, whereas one in two children is outside for less than an hour. A recent survey of 12,000 parents in 10 countries, who have children aged five to 12, found that one-third of kids spend under 30 minutes outside each day. Granted, prisoners spend all of their time in prison, while high school students do not spend all their time in high school.

Overpopulation: Fortunately for students prisons are much more crowded than schools. Prisons in the U.S.A. on average have 37% more inmates than their designed capacity, while schools have an average of 22.1% over their capacity.