Educate, not incarcerate

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It isn't surprising to read that a bill to move the prison met with little resistance in the Utah Senate ("Senate OK's prison move," Tribune, March 6). Ironically, on the same day, a bill to expand preschool for at-risk children died in the Senate.

Unfortunately, that kind of juxtaposition is all too common during the legislative session. These so-called fiscal conservatives obviously would rather line the pockets of the real estate/construction sector than truly care about the future well-being of at-risk children.

How many economists does it take to convince the Legislature that it is more cost-effective to educate than incarcerate?

Alex Steckel

Salt Lake City