Education must be a key component in long-term crime prevention plans, according to officials supporting a national effort to deter children from crime. The Arkansas News Bureau reports that more than 30 law enforcement agencies across that state are participating in Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, a nonprofit anti-crime organization that educates the public about strategies that keep children from becoming criminals.
“Our mission is to take a hard-nosed skeptical look at what the research shows really works. The goal is keep children from ever becoming involved in crime,” said Mark Rogers, state director of the program in Tennessee. He cited a Pew Center study that showed higher levels of crime are associated with those who have low levels of education. The study also showed 70 percent of all prisoners were high school dropouts. “You aren't out there arresting a lot of Ph.Ds,” Rogers said.