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By Ellen Abbott

Research shows a connection between early childhood education and crime. Central New York boosters of universal pre-kindergarten say that should be an important consideration when it comes to funding quality programs.

Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler says the statistics logically lead to the conclusion that pre-K prevents crime.

“There’s a direct correlation between those who are involved in pre-K early education systems, and those who graduate from high school,” Fowler said. “There’s also a correlation between those who do not graduate from high school to those who are in prison.”

Fowler is a big supporter of Pre-K, and says he often sees that direct link between a lack of education and a life of crime.

Assistant Onondaga County District Attorney Jeremy Cali agreed with the police chief, saying prosecutors see the link between a high school diploma and criminal activity in their office.

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About Christopher Zoukis, MBA

Christopher Zoukis, MBA, is the Managing Director of the Zoukis Consulting Group, a federal prison consultancy that assists attorneys, federal criminal defendants, and federal prisoners with prison preparation, in-prison matters, and reentry. His books include Directory of Federal Prisons (Middle Street Publishing, 2020), Federal Prison Handbook (Middle Street Publishing, 2017), Prison Education Guide (PLN Publishing, 2016), and College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons (McFarland & Company, 2014).

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