Important Economic Update
Catching criminals and punishing them is important, but it will not replace our shattered feeling of security, and it will not bring back the loved ones who have been lost. We need to stop crimes before they start. That means making sure that our kids grow up with values that will steer them off the wrong path, and onto the right one.
Today, Vice President Al Gore travels to Texas where he discusses strategies to prevent youth crime and delinquency. The Vice President announces the availability to states of $232 million in national juvenile justice and accountability grants and awards funding to Houston, Texas for its anti-gang initiative.
A Balanced Approach To Juvenile Crime. The Clinton Administration is addressing juvenile crime through an approach which emphasizes tough enforcement measures that hold children accountable for their actions, but also works with children through targeted prevention and intervention strategies to help them stay on the track to success.
Giving States and Communities The Resources They Need. Under the Administration's Anti-Gang and Youth Violence Strategy, Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grants are being offered so states can promote greater accountability in the juvenile justice system. The Administration fought to ensure that 45 percent of the funding goes directly toward hiring new juvenile justice prosecutors, strengthening the juvenile court system, and creating new anti-gang strategies that help prevent young people from entering a life of crime.
Cutting Crime Rates to the Lowest Levels in a Generation. The Administration's leadership in crime fighting has produced impressive results. Earlier this month, the Justice Department released preliminary data showing that in 1997 crime rates dropped for the sixth year in a row, the longest period of decline in a generation. Since 1993, violent crimes have dropped more than 15 percent, and murder rates have fallen by over 25 percent.
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