"The New York-based Justice Mapping Center has been providing those kinds of visuals for more than a decade. By mapping the residential addresses of every inmate in various prison systems, the center has made vividly clear a concept it calls “million-dollar blocks” — areas where more than $1 million is being spent annually to incarcerate the residents of a single census block.”
As reported by NPR.
I live about 10 blocks south of the largest red chunk in Bed-Stuy. My zip code is expensive for all the wrong reasons.
Estimating the number of census blocks within the tall red chunk (3?), in 2009, between $3-10 million USD got spent on incarcerating my neighbors. Imagine all the better places that $3-10 million could go. How many foreclosed homes, community gardens, schools, small businesses, and salaries that could have contributed to instead?