KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Can early education cut crime and help save you money? That's what a new report from the Knox County District Attorney says.
As taxpayers, we spend 644 million on criminals every year and less than 90 million on early education But if we spent more money on education crime would go down and so would the cost.
District Attorney Randy Nichols says "They plan prison construction on the reading ability in 3rd grade in this state. That's how we determine prison capacity that we're going to need in the future."
However, there are program that are trying to change that through education. It's called Tribe One and it's located right here in Knoxville.
Executive Director, Stephanie Davis explains the program, "Tribe One is a non profit youth enpowerment organization with a mission to prepare under served youth in this community with leadership skills and educational opportunites."
It's just one of the many programs that help at risk children.