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Law Enforcement Urges $ for Early Learning


Assignment:  Attend this press event on Wednesday, April 22 and file a report for the Morning Blend

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE          CONTACT:    Jennifer Arnold jarnold@fightcrime.org

                                                                                                              (508) 439-0413





Minnesota Law Enforcement Leaders Support High-Quality

Early Learning to Reduce Future Crime


WHO:             Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek

Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie

Ramsey County Sheriff Matthew Bostrom

WHAT:          News conference to release I’m the Guy You Pay Later, a brief linking the importance of quality early learning to future crime reduction, and calling for a minimum investment of $150 million annually in preschool programs.

WHERE:        YWCA of Minneapolis Children’s Center at Midtown

2121 East Lake Street

Minneapolis, MN 55407

WHEN:          9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 22


On behalf of 82 Minnesota police chiefs, sheriffs and prosecutors, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie and Ramsey County Sheriff Matthew Bostrom are encouraging lawmakers to expand access of high-quality early learning opportunities for Minnesota children as a first step toward reducing future crime.


The local law enforcement leaders will make their case with the release of a brief, I’m the Guy You Pay Later. Speaking in person at the event, the Sheriffs will describe how quality early learning experiences prepare children for long-term academic success, thereby reducing the likelihood they will turn to crime in later years. Approximately 20 percent of Minnesota students fail to graduate from high school on time, and research in the report shows that nationwide seven in 10 prison inmates do not have a high school diploma.

The law enforcement leaders will also discuss how raising academic achievement and graduation rates could save public dollars. Minnesota currently spends more than $487 million on prisons and corrections to incarcerate about 9,950 adults each year. The law enforcement leaders will urge lawmakers to provide a minimum investment of $150 million annually for the state’s preschool program, which would enable approximately 20,000 more children to participate. The brief projects that providing this investment of $150 million in preschool could help Minnesota reduce its prisoners by nearly 1,000 each year and save $49 million annually in corrections costs. This is only one part of larger savings from the investment that the brief highlights—at least $520 million for each graduating preschool class in the long term.

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