Making Communities Safer: Youth Violence and Gang Interventions that Work, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, February 15, 2007 [open pdf - 13MB]
From the opening statement of Robert C. Scott: "And I am pleased to welcome you today to this hearing before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on 'Making Communities Safer: Youth Violence and Gang Interventions that Work'. Recent news reports cite increases in crime in several major cities, particularly violent crime. Much of the rise in violent crimes reported is attributable to youth, including youth associated with gangs. Even before the recent report suggesting increases in violence committed by youth, we have seen reports of increasing gang violence and other criminal activities on a local as well as international scale. A few years ago, the Washington, D.C., area saw reports of gang violence attributed to gangs such as MS-13. There are also reports of gang rivalries resulting in murders of several youth in the District and the Maryland suburbs. Congress thought to respond to these reports as we usually do with legislation calling for more death penalties, more mandatory minimum sentences and treating more juveniles as adults. We faced a similar situation in the mid-1990's with legislation such as the Violent Youth Predator Act. You can tell from the title what the bill called for, and it did, treating more juveniles as adults, mandatory minimums, death penalties and so forth." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Robert C. Scott, J. Randy Forbes, Delbert Elliott, Jeffrey A. Butts, Lawrence W. Sherman, David M. Kennedy, James Corwin, Mai Fernandez, Paul Logli, and Teny Gloss.
Serial No. 110-14
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