Gang Crime Prevention and the Need to Foster Innovative Solutions at the Federal Level, 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, October 2, 2007   [open pdf - 3MB]

This is the October 2, 2007 hearing on "Gang Crime Prevention and the Need to Foster Innovative Solutions at the Federal Level," held before the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Robert C. Scott: "Good afternoon. I am pleased to open the hearing today on what is effective in preventing gang crime and what is not. In working on crime issues over the years, I have learned that when it comes to crime policy, you have a choice. You can reduce crime, or you can play politics. The politics of crime calls for so-called tough on crime approaches such as more death penalties, more life without parole, a mandatory minimum, treating more juveniles as adults, or gang members, even cutting out cable television in the prisons. However, we can now show of our research and evidence that, while these approaches sound good, they have done nothing to prevent crime. Under the get tough approach no matter how tough you got last year, you have to get tougher this year. And we have been getting tougher and tougher year after year for over 25 years now. Since 1980 we have gone from around 200,000 persons incarcerated in the United States to over 2 million, with annual prison costs increasing year after year." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Robert C. Scott, J. Randy Forbes, Adam B. Schiff, Elijah E. Cummings, Joe Baca, Nicholas V. Lampson, Jerry McNerney, Charles W. Dent, David G. Reichert, Brian W. Walsh, Jerrauld C. Jones, Richard Roper, Paul L. Seave, Kevin Pranis, and Peter Scharf.

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