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Report offers 10 steps to curb urban violence
By Globe Staff
A gubernatorial task force issued a 70-page report today that offered 10 recommendations to curb urban violence.
The steps include taking aggressive steps to crackdown on possession of illegal firearms, mandating violence and bullying prevention programs for all public schools, and supporting job training and job development for youths between the ages of 14 and 22. The study also urged the state to support summer job and internship initiatives, extended school days, and mentoring programs.
The report is the product of the Anti-Crime Council, a task force created by Governor Deval Patrick in April 2007. It includes a foreword from criminologist James Alan Fox of Northeastern University that urges Massachusetts to reinvest in violence prevention efforts. The entire report, titled “Urban Violence in the Commonwealth: Prevention, Intervention & Rehabilitation,” can be found by clicking here.
The 10 recommendations are:
1. Establish violence prevention councils in every community to assess risk factors, review local data, and advocate for the expansion of local violence prevention efforts.
2. Sustain, amplify, and replicate promising law enforcement initiatives that have reduced violence.
3. Take immediate action to develop a strong system of accountability and reentry support for violent offenders, including substance abuse treatment and job readiness training.
4. Ensure access and availability of substance abuse treatment for all residents, regardless of income.
5. Develop and implement effective truancy prevention programming and swift and effective responses to truancy and dropping out of school.
6. Mandate comprehensive, violence prevention programs, including bullying prevention, for all public schools, from kindergarten through Grade 12 and provide an appropriate level of funding to ensure implementation.
7. Establish mechanisms to identify, immediately respond to, and treat children who witness violence.
8. Support the development of job training and job development for youths ages 14 to 22.
9. Ensure that all children have a caring adult or mentor in their lives by funding after-school programs throughout the state.
10. Take aggressive steps to reduce access to and possession of illegal firearms.