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THE SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
BOX 6011
ROANOKE, VIRGINIA 24017-0011

WE SUPPORT H.R. 3846; The Youth Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support and Education (Youth PROMISE) Act. Introduced by Virginia Congressman Robert C. Bobby Scott in the United States Congress on October 16, 2007.

THE ROANOKE, VIRGINIA CHAPTER OF THE SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE, the Roanoke SCLC, feels if we are going to be successful in the fight against gangs and gang violence in America, there must be a two pronged attack to address the situation. There is no question that gangs and gang members must understand that they will be held accountable for the gang crimes and gang violence they commit in our communities.

However, simply locking up gang members and throwing away the keys is not the answer to fighting against the problem of gang violence. Nor is the answer to fighting against gang violence found in the legislation recently introduced by Congressman Adam Schiff of Californias 29th District. I commend Congressman Schiff and his efforts to fight against gangs and gang violence in his H.R. 3547, The Gang Prevention, Intervention and Suppression Act. Unfortunately, Congressman Schiffs legislation lays the groundwork for more jail retention, not gang prevention.

Again, gangs and gang members must be held accountable for the gang crimes they commit in our communities. Americans demand safe neighborhoods. However, if we are to be truly effective in our fight against gangs and gang violence, there must also be a sustained effort to provide positive anti-gang alternatives to our youth in addition to accountability concerning those who commit acts gang violence. Congressman Scotts Youth PROMISE Act achieves these two objectives.

We have lost a generation of youth to gangs and gang violence. We must save our children. The Youth PROMISE Act by Virginia Congressman Robert C. Bobby Scott is legislation which will help start our recovery of a lost generation.

Again, for more information on Congressman Scotts legislation, please call, (202)225-8351. To read about The Youth PROMISE Act, please use the following link:

http://www.house.gov/list/press/va03_scott/pr_071016.html

Thank you for your support. We must save our children.

Jeff Artis, President
The Roanoke, Va. SCLC
Box 6011
Roanoke, Va. 24017-0011
(540)243-0166
www.jeffartis.com
E-mail, [email protected]

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