From the Free Press. Oh well, I guess they need people to fill all those new prisons they want to build...
Four successful anti-gang programs will shut their doors in March when federal funding runs out, leaving at least 65 kids at the mercy of the streets again.
One program that helps refugees steer clear of gangs like the Mad Cowz is the only one of its kind in Canada. Another program helped teens with gang connections get jobs at grocery stores and gas stations.
Staff from the four mentorship and outreach programs that are destined to close say they've dramatically reduced the number of new criminal offences.
"It's not cost-effective, it's not ethically effective and it doesn't reduce crime to close these programs," said New Directions program manager Liz Wolff.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Anti-gang programs to close
The federal government has cancelled funding for some programs to give kids an alternative to gang life: