White Supremacy ‘a Sickness,’ says Ex-Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young

Civil rights leader and former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young’s “distinguished contributions to justice” were cited by American Society of Criminology president Karen Heimer in giving him the Presidential Justice Award.

Civil rights leader and former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young was honored for  his “distinguished contributions to justice” by the American Society of Criminology (ASC), which concluded its annual meeting over the weekend in Atlanta.

In his remarks to the participants, Young recalled his efforts to promote Atlanta as a  “city too busy to hate,” noting that he had been taught by his father that “white supremacy is a sickness.”

Young, who served as the host city’s mayor from 1982 to 1990, said he sent police officers into the city’s housing projects to help young people gain self-confidence through activities like midnight basketball league.

Young, 86, admitted to the academic audience that in college he got a “D” in sociology.

He got a standing ovation with his closing declaration that “peace is practical… it makes sense…and it is possible.”

Young received the Presidential Justice Award from outgoing ASC president Karen Heimer of the University of Iowa.

Young served as executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the 1960s as a senior aide to Martin Luther King, Jr. He was elected three times to Congress before being appointed by President Jimmy Carter as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in 1977.

This report was prepared by Ted Gest, president of Criminal Justice Journalists and Washington bureau chief of The Crime Report.

from https://thecrimereport.org

NY DA Vance Funds $250m Project to Prevent Youth Crime

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.will use asset forfeiture proceeds to develop an elaborate network of social services aimed at keeping youths out of the criminal justice system.

With funding from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr.,  the City University of New York’s Institute for State and Local Governance is developing an elaborate network of social services aimed at keeping youths out of the criminal justice system.

The Criminal Justice Investment Initiative was outlined to criminologists on Saturday at the American Society of Criminology’s annual convention in Atlanta. The experimental effort is being paid for from asset forfeiture proceeds Vance obtained from three international banks accused of violating U.S. sanctions.

In one part of the project, five “coalitions” consisting of dozens of social service agencies in New York City have been organized to offer services in areas such as jobs, education and housing to about 3,000 youths in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods including Washington Heights, Harlem and Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Another part of the project employs “navigators” who work individually with young people between 14 and 24. One aim of the project is to “develop meaningful career pathways for at-risk, high-need groups including disconnected young people who are out of work and out of school, victims of crime, and people returning from incarceration.”

The five-year $250 million program is in its early stages. Institute director Michael Jacobson said that the hope is that after the initial funding is exhausted, successful elements of it will be continued by government or nonprofits agencies.

from https://thecrimereport.org