Sunday, April 15, 2007

Safer Streets

Crime is one of the greatest problems we face in Memphis. The cycle of poverty and substance abuse leads too many of our youth to committing crimes. Then the justice system puts offenders back on the streets after completing their incarceration. With few job options or other rehabilitation programs, the cycle starts all over again and too many offenders become repeat offenders. I believe in a new approach for our justice system such as a first offender program for juvenile offenders to break the cycle of crime and bring security to our neighborhoods.

3 comments:

b said...

It's good to see someone who understands that crime is the result of a cycle. I would add that you may want to not only start with children when they are young but also help parents who have had children but were part of the desperate cycle already.

Not talking about handouts but handups.

Kevin Gallagher said...

The sad part is, we can do at birth risk assessments and know with a high degree of accuracy, which children are likely to become juvenile then adult offenders. This really is one area where an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Unfortunately, people are willing to pay a lot more for the cure and the prevention.

Kevin Gallagher said...

That supposed to be..."people are willing to pay a lot more for the cure THAN the prevention."