- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Lincoln’s public safety director and an Omaha state senator are calling for an expansion of early education as a way to prevent crime.

Public Safety director Tom Casady and state Sen. Burke Harr spoke Thursday at the Justice and Law Enforcement Center in Lincoln.

Their remarks came with a new report from a Washington-based group, “Fight Crime: Invest in Kids.” The report notes that Nebraska has more than 5,000 adults incarcerated.

The group is part of the Council for a Strong America, an organization that promotes investments in child care and education programs.

Casady says children with a good start are less likely to struggle in school and turn to crime later in life.

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