Report | September 14, 2020

Investing in Kids Will Help Prevent Crime

Here are four evidence-based crime prevention methods that work

This report highlights four evidence-based methods that give state and local policymakers a roadmap for preventing crime.

  1. Make high-quality early care and education available to all kids from birth to age five from families with low incomes.
  2. Offer voluntary home visiting to at-risk parents of young children.
  3. Provide effective in-school and after-school programs to all school-age children and youth to help keep them on track.
  4. Help kids who have had contact with the juvenile justice system by providing them and their parents effective interventions to steer them away from crime.

While no plan can prevent every criminal act, this common-sense approach—based on Fight Crime’s law enforcement leaders’ experience and solid research—will improve public safety across the nation.

High-quality early learning programs provide kids the foundation they need to grow up to lead productive lives, free of crime.

Julia R. Bates Prosecutor, Lucas County (OH) Prosecutor’s Office


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