A new survey from Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, an anti-crime organization made up of more than 1,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, and victims of violence, shows that 86 percent of respondents support the expansion of after-school and school-readiness programs because, they believe, such initiatives help curb violence and crime.

In fact, 64 percent of respondents said programs like 21st Century Community Learning Centers (http://www.ed.gov/21stcclc) and Head Start (http://www2.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/hsb) are more effective in reducing violence than "security measures like metal detectors, surveillance, and policing in and around schools."


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