March 7 2016

Orange County Register – We must continue investing in after-school programs

…Keeping kids supervised after the school day means less time for unsavory activities. Research confirms that the hours between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. are “prime time for juvenile crime” and the peak hours for kids to become victims of violence, smoke, drink, use drugs and be involved in car crashes. A survey by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids – a nonpartisan, research-based organization that I am proud to be a member of, along with 5,000 law enforcement leaders nationally, including 400 here in California – found that kids left unsupervised three or more days per week were twice as likely to hang out with gang members and three times as likely to engage in criminal behavior…

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