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Group urges more money to be spent on education, less on prisons

LANSING, MI (WTVB) - Michigan now spends more money on prisons than it does on universities and a group of law enforcers says that’s just not right Studies that tracked the success and failure of students show that quality pre-school programs increase the likelihood that a child will wind up in college and decrease their chances of going to jail.

Nationally, the programs could reduce the number of prisoners each year by 200,000 and that would be 2,000,000 more high school graduates over a ten year period. That’s according to Katherine Pelleran, who is with a group called “Fight Crime: Invest in Kids”. She says an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, with the cost of pre-school just ten percent of what the nation currently spends to incarcerate criminals.

Members from the law enforcement community today will present southwest Michigan Congressman Fred Upton with a petition urging him to support a measure that would greatly increase federal funding for pre-school programs.