Youth Prison Reduction Through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support, and Education (Promise) Act, 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 on H.R. 1064, July 15, 2009   [open pdf - 16MB]

This is the July 15, 2009 hearing, "Youth Prison Reduction Through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support, and Education (Promise) Act" before the House Committee on the Judiciary. From the opening statement of Robert C. Scott: "In this hearing we will discuss and consider the legislation which is currently pending before the House and as of today has 226 bipartisan cosponsors. As a result of our primary focus on tough-on-crime strategies to address crime over the last 25 years, the United States now has the highest average incarceration rate of anywhere in the world with 2.3 million people behind bars. [...] The impact of this focus on tough on crime falls disproportionately on minorities. A staggering disproportionate number of those that are incarcerated are poor and minority. While the average incarceration rate is seven times the international average, it averages in 10 States at almost 4,000 per 100,000, a rate about 40 times the international average. For Black boys born today, the Sentencing Project estimates that one out of three will end up incarcerated within their lifetime unless there is appropriate intervention." Statements, letters, and other materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Leroy D. Baca, Marian Wright Edelman, Deborah Prothrow-Stith, David B. Muhlhausen, Tracy Velazquez, John Conyers, Jr., and Robert C. Scott.

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Serial No. 111-86; Serial Number 111-86
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