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Nevada County DA pushes for anti-crime programs for California youth

Sun News Service

NEVADA CITY, Calif. and#8212; Nevada County District Attorney Clifford Newell accompanied other members of a statewide anti-crime organization to the California Capitol this week to urge legislators to protect state-funded programs that keep children from becoming involved in crime.

Newell and other members of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids California met with 20 lawmakers and staff, and also met with key officials from Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggerand#8217;s office.

and#8220;Law enforcement leaders know we cannot arrest our way out of crime-plagued communities,and#8221; said the organizationand#8217;s state director, Barrie Becker. and#8220;Prevention and intervention are key to ensuring public safety. Programs that keep children safe and away from criminal influences also help them do well in school and stay on track for productive futures.and#8221;

Members called on elected officials to maintain state funding for programs, including dropout-prevention efforts, after-school programs, high-quality preschool and interventions for juvenile offenders and troubled youth.

The group also discussed a new Fight Crime: Invest in Kids report showing that nearly 2,000 low-income schools still do not have access to after-school programs.

The report, and#8220;Californiaand#8217;s After-School Commitment: Keeping Kids On Track and Out of Trouble,and#8221; concluded such programs help keep children off the streets during the prime time for juvenile crime.

The bipartisan organization presented a and#8220;Crime Fighterand#8221; award to Schwarzenegger for expanding access to state-funded preschool, championing Proposition 49 and#8212; the After School Education and Safety Act and#8212; and expanding intervention resources for children in the juvenile justice system.