SEPTEMBER 03, 2010
As if government spending wasn’t already out of control, urban “gang rehabilitation” groups stand to get a $1.6 billion taxpayer infusion under a bill circulating in Congress.
The Youth Promise Act will give the cash to nonprofits in major U.S. cities that claim to save and heal gang bangers by hiring and nurturing them. Among recipients of the money will be Homeboy Industries, a rehab center in
Among the services that U.S. taxpayers will finance at groups like Homeboy if the measure passes are tattoo removal, job training and placement, legal services and mental health counseling for gang members. There is also “pre-release” (from prison) and transition counseling as well as a variety of educational opportunities.
The legislation to funnel such a huge chunk of public money into these groups was introduced by a Democrat congressman (Bobby Scott) from
The infusion is necessary because budget cuts have forced groups like Homeboy Industries to stop paying gang members to attend work training sessions and carry out maintenance work at centers that offer them a variety of free perks. Some do administrative jobs to help out, but they still get regular checks.
Americans who may have concerns about how their money is spent under the Youth Promise Act can rest assured because the gang rehab facilities will be required to create panels that demonstrate their programs are effective. More assuring is that the so-called panels will have at least one city official along with a law enforcement presence.
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