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Studies Link Pre-K Cuts, Crime


April 28, 2003
Economics and FinanceState & Local
Keiko Morris
Newsday

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids — a Washington-based program whose members include a large number of law enforcement officials — will lobby legislators Monday in Albany to consider what they say are the long-term costs of eliminating $204 million for the state’s so-called universal pre-kindergarten program and cutting $7.5 million from experimental pre-kindergarten programs. Using numerous long-term studies of preschool children in other states, the report estimates the proposed state cuts to the preschool programs could result in almost 20,000 more crimes that would cost $588 million in court expenses and incarceration.