Senate Approves Menendez Measure To Reduce Juvenile Delinquency And Gang Participation

Senate Approves Menendez Measure To Reduce Juvenile Delinquency And Gang Participation

Senate approves amendment to double funds for juvenile mentoring programs

Washington - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has successfully attached an amendment to the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill that will double funding for the Department of Justice's Juvenile Mentoring Program. The additional $5 million will go to the program with the goal of reducing juvenile delinquency and gang participation.

"It is no secret that juvenile crime - particularly juvenile gang activity - is a serious problem in this country and it tears communities and families apart," Said Menendez. "Nor is it a secret that providing good role models and more structure in the lives of teens has a significant impact in reducing gang activity and violence. I am proud to see this successful investment in our youth embraced by the Senate."

The Juvenile Mentoring Program was established in 1992 with the specific goals of reducing juvenile delinquency and gang participation, improving academic performance and reducing school drop out rates. Programs funded under the Juvenile Mentoring Program initiative link at-risk children, particularly those living in high-crime areas and those struggling in school, with responsible, working adults.

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