Tuesday, August 22, 2006
From NYTimes.com: Stuck in the grips of a violent crime wave, including a soaring murder rate, the authorities in Oakland are taking a page from juvenile hall that has become increasing popular nationwide: They have decided to call in the bad guys and tell them to knock it off. Or else.
The Oakland police have drawn up a kind of criminal hit parade that includes the top 100 “persons of interest” in the city, primarily ex-convicts, who the authorities believe are causing trouble and contributing to a climate of lawlessness.
Under the plan, which will be rolled out over the coming months, the police will call the suspects into court and inform them that they must behave.
“We’re going to tell them that we know they’ve been responsible for a number of things in your neighborhood, and that we’ve been watching you,” said Howard A. Jordan, a deputy police chief. “And we want you to change your life around. And if you don’t, you will suffer the consequences.”
Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]