Why Montana Should Make Early Investments in Kids
Montana is one of only five states without state funding for pre-K. But investing in early education means less crime later
Montana currently spends $185 million every year on corrections to incarcerate 2,400 criminals. The average cost to taxpayers for one year in prison for the average inmate is more than $30,000. Nearly 80% of inmates in Montana are high school dropouts. See a connection?
One of the best ways to keep young people from dropping out of school and becoming criminals is to make sure they have a solid foundation for success in their earliest years. This report documents the crime prevention case for pre-K in Montana, citing research showing that high-quality pre-K can cut future crime in half or more. Montana is one of only five states without state funding for pre-K.
The law enforcement leaders of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids think that Montana should saddle up and invest in what works to prevent crime.