Battling crime starts in schools

Ben Shore's picture

We've known this for years - the best way to combat crime and increase public safety is to put a greater focus on education. The money spent on our prison system and court system would be of better use if it were funneled into the classroom. 60% of inmates currently in prison in California are functionally illiterate, which speaks to the issue of rehabilitation while in prison. If we fail at educating our young citizens before they enter the criminal justice system then we better be prepared to educate them or at least teach them a skill while incarcerated so they have something to do when they are released besides committing crime. It's finally time to fix this systemic problem at the source and not stick with the status quo.

Zaquex's picture

Start Before School First

Rather than in school, we can start before them (and after them too)!

I found some interesting facts from Afterschool Alliance: High School dropouts are three and one-half times more likely than high school graduates to be arrested, and more than eight times as likely to be in jail or prison.

Time and time again, researchers have found that after-school programs have kept children busy and helped them take a more proactive choice to life; they choose to learn how to speak a different language versus dealing drugs. The National Crime Prevention Council has stressed the importance of making the before- or after-school programs seem less like baby-sitting, and more like fun opportunities.

"Some schools permit children to arrive early, when parents must leave for work, and stay late in the afternoon to take advantage of tutoring, athletics, supervised programs, or playtime. Before-and after-school programs can be run by neighborhood volunteers, school staff, or organizations willing to conduct programs at schools."

Paid for by Phil Ting for Assembly 2012. FPPC ID# 1343137