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Shay Bilchik and the National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition Object to the Gang Deterrence and Community Protection Act

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Press ConfMarch 5, 2005, Washington, DC -- Shay Bilchik, President and CEO of the Child Welfare League of America, joined Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) at a Capitol Hill press conference in Washington on April 5, 2005, to raise strong objections to the Gang Deterrence and Community Protection Act (H.R. 1279). Key provisions of the bill would result in more young people being transferred to adult courts and, if convicted, receiving mandatory minimum sentences of at least 10 years. Research shows these types of approaches do not reduce crime. Missing from the bill are prevention activities and interventions that data indicate have better outcomes for youth and are more successful in reducing crime and violence.


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