Father Greg Boyle and Connie Rice Speak Out Against Prop 6
Father Greg Boyle is the director and founder of Homeboy Industries, a well respected Los Angeles organization that works to educate and provide job training for at-risk youth and former gang members. Connie Rice is the director of the Advancement Project Los Angeles and is a prominent civil rights activist and lawyer. They are featured speaking out against Proposition 6, a measure that could bring lengthier sentences for youth, try 14 year olds as adults for "gang-related" crimes, and increase our prison overcrowding problem in California (link to LAist profile of Prop 6)
In this video, Connie Rice eloquently states:
Proposition 6 is going to lock in permanent funding for failed and incomplete strategies. What do we know after fighting gangs for 35 years? After 35 years of a war on gangs, we have 6 times as many gangs, and twice as many gang members. You cannot arrest your way out of this problem. That's what's wrong with this proposition. It locks in the funding for the suppression side only. What do we know works? When you take all of the conditions that fuel gangs and you attack them at once -- strategic suppression, comprehensive prevention and intervention, with re-entry and community investment for safe schools. Support for families, round the clock parks, those are the strategies that work. We have all the money going into law enforcement and almost none of it going to the other side. So Proposition 6 is the wrong idea at the wrong time, the wrong strategy. We do not have results from arresting over 100,000 children 18 and under in the last 10 years in LA County. We have arrested that many children. We are NOT solving this problem.
The bold emphasis is ours.