Lt. Governor Wyman Chairs First Meeting of Commission on Youth and Urban Violence
(HARTFORD, CONN) - Today, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman chaired the first meeting of the Commission on Youth and Urban Violence. Created in March 2015 by Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Wyman, the task force is charged with examining the causes and triggers of youth violence, and developing anti-violence policy responses and recommendations.
"Every young person should have the opportunity to shape a bright future and live a life free from violence," said Lt. Governor Wyman. "Connecticut communities are clearly safer-crime is at a 48-year low, and violent crime is down 36 percent. This Commission will take the next step in improving these figures by looking at how youth crime takes root and how we can best interrupt these cycles. The bottom line is that we want safer neighborhoods and more productive residents."
"We are dramatically reducing crime in our state to the lowest point in decades - and we are doubling down on methods that work," said Governor Malloy. "As we make smart decisions to reduce crime today, we have to continue working towards a brighter tomorrow. That means reducing the risk factors that lead some youth down the wrong path. That's why this Commission is so important, to ensure Connecticut remains such a great place to live, work, and raise a family."
The Commission, made up of advocates; juvenile justice experts; human services leaders; law enforcement officials; educators; and others, will consider how current policies impact the rate of violence in high-crime communities, and will focus on understanding and preventing the triggers of youth violence.
Through a thorough review of the risk factors facing youth, the Commission will develop recommendations designed to inform juvenile justice policymaking, strengthen anti-violence programs and partnerships, and address gaps in healthcare, housing, and education that may contribute to youth crime.
The Youth and Urban Violence Commission will submit its final report to the Governor by the end of the year.
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