SOURCE: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids

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September 15, 2015 10:28 ET

Law Enforcement Leaders Mark Thursday, September 17 as Pivotal Point for Reducing Juvenile Crime and Saving Taxpayer Dollars

More Than 1,100 Sheriffs, Police Chiefs and Prosecutors Send Representatives From Texas, Maine, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire to Meet With Members of Congress

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - September 15, 2015) - Representing more than 1,100 sheriffs, police chiefs and prosecutors, representatives of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids will spend Thursday, September 17 urging lawmakers to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA).

Recognizing that the law could be a critical "game-changer" for reducing recidivism, the law enforcement leaders will release a report showing the clear crime-reduction impact of steering youth offenders away from residential facilities and into interventions that put more responsibility on parents and families for changing the behaviors that lead to crime.

Equally important, the report shows the approach saves significant taxpayer dollars. Confining juveniles costs an average of $88,000 a year -- more than the cost of tuition, room and board at Harvard University. Yet interventions profiled in the report can save as much as $27,000 per child.

Representatives of law enforcement leaders available for interviews by phone and in person on Thursday, September 17 include:

  • Limestone County, Texas Sheriff Dennis Wilson, First Vice President, Sheriffs' Association of Texas
  • Jackson County, Texas Sheriff A.J. "Andy" Louderback, Immediate Past President, Sheriffs' Association of Texas
  • Auburn, Maine Police Chief Phil Crowell
  • Sagadahoc County, Maine Sheriff, and President of the Maine Sheriffs' Association, Joel Merry
  • Penobscot County, Maine Sheriff Troy Morton
  • Cumberland County, Pennsylvania District Attorney David J. Freed
  • Enfield, New Hampshire Police Chief Richard Crate, Jr.

Originally enacted in 1974, the JJDPA sets guidelines and provides some federal funding for state and local juvenile justice systems. The legislation is now due for reauthorization, with strong bipartisan support.

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is an anti-crime organization of nearly 5,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, and violence survivors. We take a hard look at the research about what prevents kids from becoming criminals and put that information in the hands of policymakers and the general public.

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