Youth Violence: Trends, Myths, and Solutions, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, February 11, 2009 [open pdf - 3MB]
From the opening statement of Robert C. ''Bobby'' Scott:: "This hearing is a continuation of a series of hearings we began in the 110th Congress on what we need to do to effectively reduce youth crime and violence and gang membership. What we have found, as you will hear from our distinguished panel of witnesses today, is that the evidence is overwhelming that properly targeted, evidence-based crime prevention and intervention programs for at risk youths will greatly reduce crime and save much more money than they cost and avoid criminal justice and social welfare expenditures that otherwise would be spent. One of the most comprehensive studies on the effectiveness of proper targeting of scientifically proven prevention and intervention programs for at-risk youths was conducted in the State of Pennsylvania. The State invested $60 million to conduct programs in 100 communities in urban, suburban, and rural areas and identified comparable areas without the programs in order to scientifically assess the results. The study revealed that crime and negative social incidents went down substantially in the test communities compared to the comparable communities and that the average costs and losses from crime and social welfare programs were reduced by an average of $5 for every dollar spent on prevention and intervention programs." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Robert C. ''Bobby'' Scott, Louie Gohmert, Dorothy Johnson-Speight, Barry Krisberg, Steve Trubow, Irving Bradley, Jr., Robert L. Woodson, and Beverly Coleman-Miller.
Serial No. 111-15
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