Early Education Program Could Reduce Kansas Prison Costs

A detainee walks in Camp 4 at the Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base in Cuba Wednesday, May 14, 2008. Camp 4 is a medium security facility for cooperative prisoners who get to wear white uniforms and are allowed to share a cell with up to 9 other detainees. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ Wyandotte County law enforcement officials have endorsed a plan that calls for investing in early childhood education as a way to cut down on crime and prison costs.

Sheriff Don Ash, District Attorney Jerry Gorman and jail administrator Jeffrey Fewell have endorsed a proposal from the Obama administration to spend $75 billion over 10 years for a high quality state-federal government program.

They say it's the same amount spent every year to incarcerate the country's inmates.

The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/14nDK6r ) that officials also released a report that says a national early education program for children from low- and moderate-income families could save Kansas $35 million a year in incarceration costs. The report says children in such programs were less likely to be incarcerated.