Addressing Gangs: What's Effective? What's Not? Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, June 10, 2008 [open pdf - 2MB]
From the opening statement of Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, "I am concerned that policies, such as expanding the definition of 'gang' and expanding big gang databases, would only exacerbate this problem, with no impact on reducing crime. Without appropriate intervention, these children will be on what the Children's Defense Funds has described as a cradle-to-prison pipeline where many minority children are born on a trajectory to prison. When we realize that it is possible to get them on a cradle-to-college pipeline, it is tragic and much more costly to society in the long run, if we do not do so. Research and analysis as well as common sense tell us that no matter how tough the law on the people you prosecute today, unless you are addressing the underlying reasons for crime, nothing will change. The next crime wave will simply replace the ones you have taken out, and the crime continues. So the get-tough approach has little impact on crime." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, Louie Gohmert, John Conyers, Jr., Lamar Smith, Charles Ogletree, Jr., Frank Straub, John Buckovich, Ely Flores, Kevin O'Connor, and Robert D. Macy.
Serial No. 110-151
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