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Advocates Say Invest Now To Reduce Crime Later

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Spending on early education now - will save money on incarcerating criminals down the road. That's the idea behind a push to implement a proposed state-federal education partnership presented during a press conference at the Chatham County Detention Center Thursday morning. Chatham County Sheriff Al St. Lawrence is a proponent of the proposal to put 75-billion dollars towards preschool education over the next ten years. He says the lack of a basic educational foundation early leads many to prison later on, "55-percent of all inmates in the state of Georgia don't have a G.E.D. or a high school diploma - I've got some people here - 40 years old that can't read - how do you expect them to fill out a job application?"  A group called Fight Crime: Invest In Kids is pushing the initiative around the country. It is a bi-partisan organization made up of law enforcement leaders and crime victims.

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