Prosecutor defends money spent on sports programs
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- A newspaper reports that District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. has spent tens of thousands of dollars from a law enforcement fund to buy sports uniforms, spread sand and grass seed on area baseball diamonds and do other sports-related work at a Worcester elementary school in a wealthy neighborhood.
The Telegram & Gazette reports that documents it received under the state Public Records Law showed money was given without a formal application process used by other district attorneys. And it says some contractors were political donors to Early.
Early said spending public money on youth sports is a proven crime-fighting strategy that helped reduce juvenile delinquency. He said supervised after-school activities are part of his efforts to cut crime.
Records show Early has given at least $206,000 to athletic teams over the last two years.
Information from: Telegram & Gazette, http://www.telegram.com
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