Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Gary J. Simson (Cornell University - Law School; Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law) has posted A Community Initiative for Juvenile Justice: Why Not Your Community Too? (Juvenile Justice Update, vol. 27, no. 3, Fall 2021, pp. 5-10) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
In the past decade, cities like Ferguson, Missouri and Cleveland, Ohio have become synonymous with the kind of tragic events that can befall a community that fails to take seriously the need to decrease tensions, and improve trust and cooperation, between police and youth. The author of this article served for seven years on the board of directors of a nonprofit well-known for its innovative programs of youth education and youth-focused police training. Living in a city with the ingredients seemingly in place for a Ferguson-like tragedy, the author organized a private initiative to raise the funds needed to bring those programs to the city. Although some communities can rely on state and local government funding to pay for such programs, many, like the one where the author resides, cannot. With an eye to providing a template for, and encouraging, other individuals to mount a similar initiative, the author recounts his strategies and their relative utility in the ultimately successful initiative that he headed.