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NCJ Number: 137049 Find in a Library
Title: Lord, How Dare We Celebrate? Practical Policy Reform in Delinquency Prevention and Youth Investment: Statement of Lynn A. Curtis Before the US Congress House Committee on Education and Labor, Subcommittee on Human Resources Concerning the Reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Preve
Author(s): L A Curtis
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 27
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Type: Legislative Hearing/Committee Report
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The president of the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation assesses current Federal policy on high-risk youth, recommends reforms, and specifies budget levels for new initiatives.
Abstract: Starting in the 1980's, Federal executive branch policy has used the "trickle-down" approach, giving special tax breaks and other benefits to those with power, wealth, and upward mobility while cutting back on domestic public investment and services. These policies have resulted in growing inequalities, racial tension, and new terms such as "empowerment" that have obscured reality. Moreover, expensive prison construction has increased despite the lack of research evidence of its effectiveness or cost-effectiveness in addressing crime and drug abuse. However, prevention programs such as Head Start are more effective and cheaper than prison construction. Similar comprehensive programs can also be used for at-risk adolescents. Several successful programs are already operating. To expand the effort, the country needs a new, national nonprofit corporation for youth investment and management, with complementary Federal policy supporting school reform, employment training and placement for high-risk youth, and drug abuse treatment and prevention. Federal funding of $10 billion should be provided through reductions in military spending, reductions in foreign aid, and new personal income taxes of the richest 1 percent of the population. Figures and 62 references
Main Term(s): Child welfare; Juvenile justice reform
Index Term(s): Child development; Children at risk; Federal aid; Youth development
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