The average student in Clark County is 11,420 (about 1,000 dollars less, per student, than the national average)
The average prisoner in Nevada costs about 23,000 dollars per year (National average over 25,000).
If schools spent more money per student, per school, per teacher (I'm not talking about pay, I'm talking about supplies) than I am sure there would be less prisoners. Statistically, students that drop out make less than students who graduate, and are more likely to end up in prison.
My point? It is time to focus more on Education, and put the money where the need is.