Sending Office: Honorable Tony Cardenas
Sent By: Anna.Hevia@mail.house.gov

Help non-profit organizations and states prevent gang violence before it begins

Support H.R. 1924, the Community-Based Gang Intervention Act (Ed & Workforce)

Cosponsors: Reps. Yvette Clarke, Steve Cohen, Elijah Cummings, Hank Johnson, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Sean Patrick Maloney, Jamie Raskin, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Jose Serrano, Louise Slaughter, Juan Vargas

Dear Colleague,

Our nation currently locks up a far greater share of its youth population than any other developed nation.  The overwhelming majority of these youth are held for non-violent crimes.  Study after study has shown that the confinement of youth is ineffective in rehabilitating youth and extremely costly compared to evidence-based rehabilitative alternatives.

Community-based gang intervention (CBGI) is an evidence-based program proven to provide long-lasting, cost-effective results and opportunities for youth and families most susceptible to gang violence.  Such programs utilize a holistic and integrated approach to gang prevention in order to effectively address the root causes of gang-involved youth and crime.

However, a large majority of state spending on juvenile justice-related programs continues to go towards the costs of confining our youth while a minimal share goes towards delinquency prevention.  Meanwhile, non-profit organizations dedicated to providing delinquency prevention programs such as CBGI continue to go under-funded.

That is why I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring the Community-Based Gang Intervention Act.  This bill will allow the Office of Juvenile Justice and Prevention to provide funding for organizations that utilize the CBGI model, and ensure that recipients of such funding are held accountable for utilizing funds in a cost-effective manner. By passing this bill, we can provide the necessary framework for communities and government to work together to prevent gang violence before it begins.

If you have any questions or you would like to cosponsor this bill, please contact Anna Hevia in the Office of Rep. Cardenas at anna.hevia@mail.house.gov or x5-6131

Sincerely,

TONY CÁRDENAS
Member of Congress

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Civil Rights, Education, Judiciary

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Number: 1924
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