Get kids on track
Getting at the front end of crime is so important because it not only can save both perpetrators and victims from the aftermath of crime, but it’s cheaper on the taxpayer’s wallet. That’s why the governor’s message to the state was refreshing.
He labeled Michigan as a “no wait” state for pre-schoolers, called for truancy prevention and promoted safe schools. The best option we have for the next generation is to ensure their success. Getting them access to high-quality preschool is the first step educationally to getting them ready for success.
Research shows that at-risk kids who get on track are more likely to stay on track. Helping get kids on track in the beginning is a far cry cheaper than the $2 billion taxpayers pay to lock up criminals each year.
The writer is Prosecuting Attorney for Grand Traverse County.