Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Some North Carolinians are proposing a tax increase to finance an innovative set of anti-crime proposals: "The Durham [NC] Roundtable has pieced together a package of crime-fighting initiatives it says could both prevent young people from becoming criminals and also keep more hardened criminals behind bars.
The 15-member group wants voters to pressure the City Council, Board of County Commissioners and state lawmakers to pay for the proposals, which include adding 10 new police officers, fingerprinting people who are charged with misdemeanors and hiring more court staff.
But it also goes beyond traditional crime fighting to include a summer jobs program for 600 youths, increasing the number of truant officers, establishing GED programs at Durham Technical Community College for lesser criminals and hiring more code enforcement officers to help improve the appearance and safety of some of Durham's inner-city neighborhoods."
Story here. [Jack Chin]