The Columbus Dispatch
Keeping kids out of trouble outweighs cost of soccer facility
The Dec. 6 article, “The Program Saved Us,” was written about a wonderful soccer program that is saving kids from a life of crime.
The program needs an indoor soccer field for winter and needs money to buy one for $350,000. Sounds like a lot of money for the city council to spend, but considering it costs $185,303 to incarcerate one child, it would be money well-spent.
Programs that keep children engaged and out of trouble go a long way toward reducing crime — not to mention saving money by keeping children out of prison.
Jean W. Hoitsma, Columbus