KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Wyandotte County law enforcement officials have endorsed a plan that calls for investing in early childhood education as a way to cut down on crime and prison costs.
Sheriff Don Ash, District Attorney Jerry Gorman and jail administrator Jeffrey Fewell have endorsed a proposal from the Obama administration to spend $75 billion over 10 years for a high quality state-federal government program.
They say it’s the same amount spent every year to incarcerate the country’s inmates.
The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/14nDK6r ) that officials also released a report that says a national early education program for children from low- and moderate-income families could save Kansas $35 million a year in incarceration costs. The report says children in such programs were less likely to be incarcerated.
Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com