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.
“Getting tough on crime means getting smart on crime. That’s why Fight Crime: Invest in Kids members support strategies that prepare young people to be well- educated and well-prepared to become successful citizens. Our solutions for the educational and mental health challenges that lead kids down the path to criminal activity are always based on research, our first-hand experience, and the certainty that public safety depends on putting more kids on track for productive lives.”
– Sheriff Rich Stanek, Hennepin County, Minnesota
The Strong Start For America’s Children Act would support quality early childhood programs that research shows reduce crime.
More than 1,100 police chiefs, sheriffs and prosecutors urge Congress to reduce juvenile lock-ups in favor of family responsibility to prevent crime
September 17, 2015
Their message: states across the nation must continue efforts to reduce the number of juvenile offenders in state-run facilities and...read more
Senate Judiciary Committee Vote to Reauthorize JJDPA will Prevent Juvenile Offenders from Becoming Adult Criminals
July 23, 2015
With a strong showing of bipartisan leadership, the Senate Judiciary Committee today voted to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency...read more
Police + Youth = Respect
Training Law Enforcement to Improve Youth Policing: Police, Youth, Respect
On Sunday, July 12, 2015 more than 100 youth and and law enforcement leaders joined a Fight Crime: Invest in Kids teen town hall at the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives annual Youth Leadership Conference in Indianapolis to talk about the opportunities and strategies to transform future interactions between police and youth of color. Learn more about the town hall.
Law Enforcement Leaders Call for Reauthorization of Juvenile Justice Act to Reduce Crime
Our new research shows that our current system of placing juvenile offenders in residential facilities with other troubled youths is expensive and, in most cases, isn’t particularly effective at reducing crime. Reauthorizing the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) can encourage the adoption of interventions proven to reduce recidivism and save taxpayers money. Learn more about juvenile justice and read our report.
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