Minneapolis' 'blueprint' to attack youth violence is a success

  • Article by: DAVID CHANEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 3, 2008 - 11:21 PM

Statistics show the plan is working: Violent crime by young people in Minneapolis has decreased.

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Shad68Oct. 3, 08 7:54 PM

While I applaud Minneapolis' efforts, they still need to pump money into their summer employment program to bring the levels back up to early 2000, not what it has been the last 6 years. The more kids you can get working during the summer afternoon hours, the less they will get into trouble. Also, it is nice to see JDAI working in Hennepin County. It is also being used in Ramsey and Dakota Counties as well.

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pfbramOct. 3, 08 7:55 PM

"attacking violence" isn't really a good choice of verbs for the title of this article.

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elissaaxOct. 3, 08 8:05 PM

it's funny how we applaud movies and television for their drama and violence, and then expect kids not to follow their example. I say, the problem lies not with the kids, but with the adults.

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paulskiOct. 4, 08 5:52 AM

The crime rate is down to 25 percent, but the murder numbers are up. All that means is that the crime rate is up for all groups. The people who think this is an achievement don't read the papers or watch the local news. All crime is way up in our city and it is a disaster. Most everyday someone is getting beaten, shot, robbed, stabbed or raped. When will the politicans who run this city wake up?

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jpcochran1aOct. 4, 08 7:38 AM

someone claims this is a success? Well you better be careful, if it's too successful, sure nuff, someone is going to sue the city claiming it's unconstitutional. Just look at the history of successful programs in America.

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funnguyOct. 4, 08 9:16 AM

Can you site your source when you say crime is up? Because I could swear that the FBI just came out with a report saying violent crime was on a decline. Also, crime in MPLS for the past 5 years have been at low levels not seen since the 60's. If you can site a different set of stats please enlighten us all. The bottom line is that you still have to be aware of your surroundings, especially when alone, but MPLS is one of the safest large cities in the world. This isn't to say we are crime free, but don't trick yourself into believing we are even close to places like Detroit, Chicago, or even Kansas City or Milwaukee.

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renny44Oct. 4, 08 1:59 PM

Don't miss the true point here. Rybak put a system in place and got additional people involved to achieve a common goal. I wish more plans were put into place and acted on. I'm not one to give out much politician credit...but this truly is a job well done by all involved.

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mismohallOct. 4, 08 4:29 PM

The next step beyond continuing to implement this successful program is to tie it to academic achievement. If the attitude of communities towards the schools could be shifted from one of trepidation and distrust to one of support and belonging, we could take another positive step. Education provides a legitimate future for the youths of our city and the best way to sustain the drop in violence throughout generations.

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