Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 130774
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File Number: 130774 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-380-13 Control: County Commission
File Name: ENACT H.R. 1318, THE YOUTH PROMISE ACT Introduced: 4/22/2013
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 5/7/2013
Agenda Date: 5/7/2013 Agenda Item Number: 11A22
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO ENACT H.R. 1318, THE YOUTH PROMISE ACT, OR SIMILAR LEGISLATION
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
Sponsors: Audrey M. Edmonson, Prime Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 5/7/2013 11A22 Adopted P

County Attorney 4/22/2013 Assigned Michael J. Mastrucci

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO ENACT H.R. 1318, THE YOUTH PROMISE ACT, OR SIMILAR LEGISLATION

BODY
WHEREAS, youth gang crime has taken a toll on a number of urban communities, and senseless acts of gang-related violence have imposed economic, social, and human costs; and
WHEREAS, minority children, particularly Black and Hispanic children, are over-represented relative to the general population at every stage of the juvenile justice system; and
WHEREAS, the United States now has the highest average incarceration rate of any nation in the world by far; and
WHEREAS, corrections costs in the United States have risen from around $7 billion a year in 1980 to over $68 billion a year currently; and
WHEREAS, these criminal justice costs have become burdensome in many states and cities, requiring reductions in vital educational, social, welfare, mental health, and related services; and
WHEREAS, federal research has shown that gang-membership is short-lived among adolescents, thus presenting ongoing opportunities for intervention and prevention; and
WHEREAS, overwhelming research has shown that a continuum of comprehensive, evidenced-based prevention and intervention programs for youth at risk of, or involved in, delinquent behavior will greatly reduce crime and save much more than they cost when the avoided law enforcement and social welfare expenditures are considered; and
WHEREAS, a bill entitled the Youth Promise Act, H.R. 1318, has been introduced for consideration during the 113th Congress by Representative Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Virginia); and
WHEREAS, the Youth Promise Act would:
(1) enable communities facing the greatest youth gang and crime challenges to develop a locally-designed comprehensive response to youth violence through a coordinated evidence-based prevention and intervention program;
(2) reduce crime by reducing recidivism among juvenile offenders and helping to stop the cycle of violence prevalent in urban communities;
(3) ultimately save much more money than it costs, up to $5.00 for every $1.00 spent; and
WHEREAS, currently there are 57 House co-sponsors of this important legislation; and
WHEREAS, many cities and counties across the country have passed resolutions in support of the Youth Promise Act; and
WHEREAS, the United States Conference of Mayors and the National Association of Counties have adopted resolutions urging passage of the Youth Promise Act; and
WHEREAS, this Board would like to express its support for H.R. 1318,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges the United States Congress to enact H.R. 1318, the Youth Promise Act, or similar legislation.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit certified copies of this resolution to the Florida Congressional Delegation and Representative Robert C. “Bobby” Scott.
Section 3. Authorizes and directs the County’s federal lobbyists to advocate for the passage of the legislation set forth in Section 1 above, and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to amend the 2013 Federal Legislative Package to include this item and to include this item in the 2014 Federal Legislative Package.



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