On Sept. 16 Michigan law enforcement leaders released a report and letter signed by more than 1,000 members to Cong. Fred Upton (MI-6th) showing a state-federal early learning proposal could lead to 4,300 fewer prisoners each year and save Michigan $200 million every year. Cong. Upton, who is chairman o f the House Energy and Commerce Committee said, “I’ve been a long-time advocate of good, quality preschool programming.” ”It’s impressive to see what this program could do in terms of changing lives for the better and saving money in the long term." MORE
WHAT WE DO
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is an anti-crime organization of nearly 5,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, and violence survivors. We take a hard look at the research about what prevents kids from becoming criminals and put that information in the hands of policymakers and the general public.
Apr 22nd 2014Preschools Now or Prisons Later: Sheriff McCoy, State’s Attorney Brady, Local Police Chiefs Say, “We are at a fork in the road”
Repeated cuts in funding have eliminated preschool opportunities for 350 young children in Peoria County. Across the state, about 25,000 children – 3 and 4 years old – have lost access to state-supported preschool. Altogether, Illinois has slashed its Early Childhood Block Grant by $80 million, or one out of every five dollars that once supported the state’s pre-K services.
Apr 2nd 2014The Morning Sentinel: Police and advocates call for end to child abuse
“Sharply reducing abuse and neglect will save tens of millions of dollars in Maine, as well as immeasurable pain and suffering,” Augusta Police Chief Robert Gregoire said. “It will also greatly reduce the number of children growing up to be violent criminals.”
Mar 27th 2014Florida Law Enforcement Leaders Urge Florida Implementation Standards to Stay On Track
Speaking from the Miami-Dade County Juvenile Services Department, Florida law enforcement leaders urged continued implementation of the Florida Standards to better prepare students for higher education and careers so that fewer turn to crime.