Research shows that children who get an early start in life with a good education are more likely to become law-abiding adults.
So a campaign by law enforcement and school officials in the region and around the nation to support early education programs makes good sense on several fronts.
The "Fight Crime: Invest in Kids" campaign - which advocates more support and funding for early learning as a critical crime-fighting tool - took District Attorney Seth Williams to Penn Alexander School Tuesday. The top prosecutor read to a Head Start class.
Prosecutors like Williams are recognizing that the "lock-'em-up" strategy doesn't work. Early education is more likely to keep kids out of trouble to begin with.