In response to Jeff Siebenaler (letter Feb. 24), here are the facts:
California’s 2016-17 budget for K-12 is $51.6 billion of General Fund expenditures and another $36.7 billion in federal and other funds. The budget for prisons is $10.6 billion.
Approximately 75 percent of the prison budget is for security and healthcare costs. We don’t want them running loose on the streets, so we pay the piper. You can’t compare cost-per-person in prisons to schools; it doesn’t even equate.
Mr. Siebenaler tried to show that $5 for a watermelon is more expensive than $5 for a bunch of grapes (150 grapes in the bunch). There is an old adage: “Figures don’t lie, but liars figure.”
Jerry Wagner, Fresno