Funding Cut Could Impact Anti-Gang Initiatives

Programs to curb gangs and other anti-crime initiatives may be in jeopardy after funding by the federal government was slashed by 67 percent.

The major decrease in federal spending could hinder organizations like the Building Hope Community Life Center in Greenville. The center serves 55 after school students and holds day programs for children suspended from class. Its purpose is to keep them off the streets and teach values that will keep them out of gangs.

Officials from that facility and others say without the grant money, it can be difficult to maintain that level of service.

The grant program helps pay for a host of law enforcement initiatives in states and cities, including drug task forces, anti-gang units and overtime for police officers.


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  • by Mike Location: pantego on Jan 17, 2008 at 01:52 PM
    Thats because without gangs there would be less drugs and violence which means less convicts which means less need for our excellent law enforcement officers (see girl escapes while handcuffed)which means less ways to skim money for our wonderfull goverment offcialls.Who see fit to dictate our lives because were all to ignorant to live our lives free.So in a sense its probaly better for us in the long run.and if you belive that bring youre wallett cause ive got some unbeliveable property for sale.
  • by Bobby Location: Winterville on Jan 17, 2008 at 10:12 AM
    The Hug a Thug program isn't working any way.
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