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Partnership aims to keep jails empty
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Monday lawmakers and local law enforcement laid out a plan to keep jails empty.
The report, released by the organization called Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, shows how early childhood programs could reduce the number of people arrested every year.
It's part of a state and federal partnership that is expected to invest $99-billion in those programs. In return it's expected to save the state $206-million a year.
The plan was unveiled Monday at the Kalamazoo County Jail by Sheriff Richard Fuller and Congressman Fred Upton, as well as other local officials.
The proposal would expand early childhood development programs for more kids from birth through age three, including home visit programs.
My jail is filled with people who took the wrong path in life. For many, the trouble began with academic struggles and behavioral problems early on, resulting in later school failure and crime. It shouldnt have to be that way, said Sheriff Fuller.
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