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“Pay Now or Pay Much More Later: Law enforcement leaders support high-quality early education to cut crime and save money in Ohio”


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As Ohio faces record fiscal pressures, our state’s law enforcement leaders have identified an area where the state government can achieve significant savings. Ohio spends $1.9 billion per year to house, feed and provide 24-hour supervision for criminals.1 In contrast, Ohio spent only a fraction as much — $22 million — on pre-kindergarten.2 Research shows that high quality early childhood education programs like pre-kindergarten can significantly reduce felony arrests and incarceration rates and return up to $16 for every $1 invested, in large part thanks to lower prison and crime-related costs.OH Pay Now or Much More Later