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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”

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