02.19.09 | Rep. Scott Visits Los Angeles to Promote Youth PROMISE Act

February 19, 2009
Press Release

LOS ANGELES, CA - Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA-03), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security of the House Judiciary Committee, is in Los Angeles, California this week to promote H.R. 1064, the Youth Prison Reduction through Opportunity Mentoring, Intervention, Support and Education, or Youth PROMISE Act. Congressman Scott and Congressman Mike Castle (R-DE-AL) introduced the Youth PROMISE Act last week with 69 original co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Companion legislation (S. 435) has been introduced in the United States Senate by Senators Robert Casey (D-PA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME).

Today at 5:00 p.m., Rep. Scott will attend a public hearing of the Ad Hoc Committee on Gang Violence and Youth Development of the Los Angeles City Council, chaired by Former State Assemblyman and current Sixth District City Councilman Tony Cárdenas.  This hearing is supported by 50 agencies endorsing the Youth PROMISE Act, including non-profits, universities, service providers, and governmental entities.  The hearing will provide the public an opportunity to address the importance of the Youth PROMISE Act.

On Friday at 10:00 a.m., Rep. Scott will present testimony to the Los Angeles City Council on the Youth PROMISE Act, during a session where the Council will debate a resolution sponsored by Councilman Cárdenas supporting the Act.  The Council is expected to approve the resolution.

While in the Greater Los Angeles area, Rep. Scott will also visit juvenile detention facilities, job training and placement centers, alternative schools, and he will meet with public defenders, educators, social service providers, and county executives.  These visits highlight the holistic approach to crime prevention at the heart of the Youth PROMISE Act.

The Youth PROMISE Act provides federal resources to implement evidence- and research-based strategies to reduce gang violence and crime at the local level.  Under the Youth PROMISE Act, communities facing the greatest youth gang and crime challenges will each form a local council with representatives from law enforcement, court services, schools, social service organizations, health and mental health providers and community-based organizations, including faith-based organizations.  The council will then develop a comprehensive plan for implementing evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies targeting young people at-risk of becoming involved, or who are already involved in, gangs or the criminal justice system.

The Youth PROMISE Act is supported by over 200 national and state juvenile justice, civil rights, education and religious organizations, including Fight Crime:  Invest in Kids, the Children's Defense Fund, the American Bar Association, the Parents and Teachers Association, the National Education Association, National Juvenile Defender Center, the Justice Policy Institute, the NAACP Washington DC Office, the American Psychological Association, the Coalition for Juvenile Justice, and the Campaign for Youth Justice, among others.