Investing in Public Schools Reduces Crime: Michigan Study

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thecrimereport.org - (Photo/Twitter) A new University of Michigan study has found that increases in public school funding early in children’s lives can reduce adult crime, reports Phys.org.The study authors tracked two groups of students from kindergarten to adulthood and concluded that students who attended better-funded schools were 15 percent less likely to be arrested through age 30.“While many policies focus on the crime-deterring effects of additional policing or tougher criminal justice sanctions, our findings highlight that early investments in children’s lives can prevent contact with the adult criminal justice system,” the authors wrote.“Specifically, our results show that improving public schools can keep children on a path of increased school engagement and completion, thereby lowering their criminal propensity in adulthood.”

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