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LAKEVILLE, Minn. (WCCO) — The people who fight crime for a living are taking it to the classroom early in the hopes of stopping crime before the patterns have a chance to get started.

Law enforcement leaders from the south metro visited New Horizon Academy in Lakeville on Wednesday. They are part of a national program called “Fight Crime: Invest In Kids.”

The group wants to invest in high-quality, early education to help at risk kids succeed. They say that will reduce the chances that those kids commit crimes, and save the taxpayers money.

“I have on occasion talked with Kindgarten teachers who tell me who I’m going to be seeing in the future in the courtroom as a prosecutor,” said Rice County Attorney Paul Beaumaster.

Minnesota taxpayers will spend $465 million on the corrections system alone in 2011.

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