BLOG: Invest in Pre-K, Not Prisons

first_img Budget News,  Criminal Justice Reform,  Education,  Schools That Teach,  The Blog We know at least two big things about the criminal justice system in Pennsylvania:First, we’re spending way too much money on prisons that could be spent on roads, schools or programs for our seniors and most vulnerable.Second, too many young people are getting caught up in the system before they even get a chance and far too many are likely to return after leaving.There is a way to address these problems head on. But it starts in the pre-k classroom far away from any jail, courtroom or police station.There are two paths we can take: invest in early childhood education now, or start building more prisons.I support Governor Wolf’s historic investment – $60 million or a 30.5 percent increase – in early childhood education, which is included in his 2016-2017 budget proposal.This funding increase builds upon the $60 million investment in 2015-16 to enroll about 14,000 children in Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts and the Head Start Program.Studies show that children who participate in high-quality pre-kindergarten perform better in school, graduate at higher rates and earn more throughout their working lives. And in some studies, children without pre-k were 70 percent more likely to be arrest for a violent crime by age 18.A recent report by a non-partisan law enforcement-led group called ‘Fight Crime: Invest in Kids’ estimated that Governor Wolf’s $120 million state funding increase for early childhood education will also eventually lead to $350 million in Corrections and other cost savings for the Commonwealth every year.Currently, Pennsylvania spends more than $2 billion annually—about seven percent of the state budget—to house about 50,000 inmates. Yet, only 30 percent of Pennsylvania children in families earning up to three times the federal poverty level – or $72,750 for a family of four – are enrolled in high-quality pre-k programs.It is time to change this nonsensical reality in Pennsylvania — it is time to choose to invest in pre-k now, and spend less on prisons later. By: John E. Wetzel, Secretary of Corrections Read more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf BLOG: Invest in Pre-K, Not Prisonscenter_img February 26, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The George Zimmerman question…

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (20) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -5 Vote up Vote down VigilantyJusticeTime · 369 weeks ago He was 100% guilty just as the man down at South Haven was. Both will have fun trying to justify their actions before God in the end. Report Reply 6 replies · active 368 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down nobody · 369 weeks ago he was not guilty of murder….he was guilty of being stupid and someone died because of it so he is guilty of manslaghter…he should have called 911 like he did and not followed like he was told. If I’m being followed I would probally kick his butt too Report Reply 6 replies · active 368 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down jcm · 369 weeks ago The results to this poll do not surprise me one bit in small town backwards Wellington…Zimmerman did not defend himself the way a real man should against an unarmed teenager. Not to mention the fact that he was instructed to stay in the car. Report Reply 1 reply · active 369 weeks ago -7 Vote up Vote down Reality Check · 369 weeks ago Racist Wellington strikes again. Report Reply 0 replies · active 369 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down System Works · 369 weeks ago Rather you think he was guilty or not, he was tried by a jury of his peers who agreed that the prosecution failed to prove guilt “beyond a shadow of doubt”. Like it or not, this is how the judicial system works. If you were the one being charged, I’m sure you would appreciate this detail regarding a jury trial… Report Reply 1 reply · active 369 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down WHSFAN · 369 weeks ago Everytime I want to read the funnies, I just log in and read the comments these people leave on some of your articles Cue…thanks for being an all around good source…even when i want to laugh. Report Reply 0 replies · active 369 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Did you agree with the George Zimmerman acquittal? Yes. The jurors did a good job. No. He was guilty. I have conflicting thoughts on the matter. I didn’t pay attention to the media trial. View Results  Loading …last_img read more