"Embedding Crime Prevention in State Policy and Practice"
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This age old adage has been
applied to maintaining good personal health but not necessarily sound
community health. Many states spend more money on corrections than they do on
higher education. The National Crime Prevention Council has pledged to work
with six states - Arizona, California, Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, and
Oregon - over the next five years to identify, promote, and anchor prevention
as the policy of choice for reducing crime, violence, and other drugs. This
initiative, Embedding Prevention in State Policy and Practice, will be funded
by The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation,
the Florence V. Burden Foundation, the General Mills Foundation, the
California Wellness Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Justice (Office of
Justice Programs). The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the William T.
Grant Foundation are also seriously considering funding this pathbreaking
initiative. Their decisions are imminent.
NCPC Launches New Initiative: Embedding Prevention in State Policy and
Practice Initiative, represents the logical if not moral extension of our
work begun in neighborhoods. By Jack Calhoun, President and CEO
The Patterson Juvenile Justice Village Initiative is modeled after Operation
Night Light which has been credited with greatly reducing juvenile homicides
and probation violations in Boston.