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Youngstown officials seek to curb city’s violence



Published: Wed, December 21, 2011 @ 12:07 a.m.

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Sammarone

By John W. Goodwin Jr.

jgoodwin@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

City officials are searching for new ways to curb violence and are looking at programs that have worked in other Ohio cities as a possible solution.

Mayor Charles Sammarone met Tuesday with members of city council, the clergy, the prosecutor’s office, police department, juvenile court, the FBI and U.S. attorney’s office to discuss programs that may work to reduce violent crime here.

DeMaine Kitchen, secretary to the mayor, said the mayor’s office wants to address violent crime and has spent several months reviewing plans that have been in place.

“We have never really put together a long-term plan that is sustainable to address violent crime. That is the goal,” Kitchen added.

Officials have visited Cleveland to look at crime- reduction programs in that city and also are reviewing some of the initiatives that were put in place in areas such as Cincinnati over the years.

Sammarone said the effort will be a three-pronged approach.

He said several months have been dedicated to gathering information. The next step is the presentation of what has been learned in those months. The final phase, he said, will be to determine how the various programs can be applied here.

“We don’t have to re- invent the wheel. If it is being done in other cities and it is successful, then we can use it in the city of Youngstown,” the mayor said.

The solution to curbing violent crime here, Sammarone said, has to be more than simply going out and arresting people.

Police Chief Rod Foley agreed that arresting chronic offenders is important, but there must be a community approach to help lower-level offenders before they commit more serious crimes.

Foley said the department has identified 30 gangs in operation throughout the city.

He said the makeup of a typical gang has changed. Today’s gang is a group of people who grew up together as friends and begin committing crimes.

Foley said the crimes committed by the group start off small and gradually progress to become more serious.

City Prosecutor Jay Macejko said one of the initiatives the city should undertake is the “CeaseFire” program that has been done in Cleveland. He said the program works to achieve the goal of prosecuting chronic offenders and getting help to those who may be saved from a life of crime.

“It truly is a program or approach designed to save lives. Cities that have maintained this [program] have seen a drastic reduction in homicide,” he said.


Comments

1Superstar7(122 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Wrong approach, again!
Cleveland is an example of what DOESN'T work.
What's next...
review Iran's politics or India's population control?
Ways to reduce violent crime:
1. Remove the offenders. Send them away.
2. Take all their possessions. The Highway Patrol confiscates vehicles & possessions used by offenders. The city MUST enact similar policies to obtain the attention of the criminal urban occupiers, or does the city NOT truly wish to reduce crime?
3. Remove their families from public assistance & public housing.
4. Make it 100% unattractive for them to stay in this region.
5. Force them out.

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2foxyglo(372 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

YEA THE BEST THING CAN BE DONE IS START THREATENING THOSE PARENTS OF THESE YOUNG THUGS THAT ARE TERRORIZING NEIGHBORHOODS. I SEE YOUNG KIDS OUT ALL TIMES OF NIGHT. THEY DON'T ONLY BELONG TO PARENTS THAT ARE AT WORK , THESE PARENTS HAVE NO SELF CONTROL.. THEY NEED TO BE THROWN IN JAIL.HOW IN THE HELL IT'S TEN THIRTY AND ELEVEN O'CLOCK @ NIGHT AND THESE PARENTS DON'T KNOW THEIR YOUNG CHILD IS NOT IN THE HOUSE ? IF NOT THROW THEM IN JAIL , MAKE THEM PAY A FINE FOR EACH CHILD CAUGHT OUT AFTER CURFEW HRS. WHEN DAMAGE IS DONE , THEY SAY MY CHILD DID NOT DO THAT, WELL HOW DO YOU KNOW. THEY WERE NOT IN THE HOUSE.CHARGE THEM , THEY WILL GET TIRED OF PAYING OUT THEIR MONEY.

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3Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

It's pretty sad when the young punks are being buried before their parents. But even that doesn't seem to bother these animals. They will never learn until there put in the ground and then it's to late. No respect from the younger generation, it's all about them and only them. Bring back the draft and show these young monsters about respect, integrity and being productive members of society. It's their choices in life but what is pitiful is there choices in life effect INNOCENT victims of there violence.

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4Southside_Res(170 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Addressing the outrageously high burglary rate would be a start!

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5Silence_Dogood(1333 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Lifes2Short
I will take a wild guess and say that you have never served a single day in uniform. Speaking as someone who served , let me tell you something, the Armed Forces is not a baby sitting service. It is a deadly serious business and the last thing that the Men and Women in uniform needs to do is hold the hands of a bunch of wild and out of control punks. You clearly have a screwed up idea as to what the Military service is, one thing it is NOT, is a reform school.

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6southsidedave(4780 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Unfortunately, crime will remain because it is profitable, and necessary to fuel the illicit drug trade.

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7BenitaDrugs(42 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

If the city can figure a way to have all children raised by caring parents. Parents who will instill values and respect for others. Parents who will embrace the importance of education and not expect teachers to raise their children. Parents who show by their own hard work that all things are possible. Good luck

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8Attis(873 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Poverty is violence. The two gangs in the suites (Republican Party and Democratic Party) responsible for it are running loose and wild under orders from the super rich 1%. Reign 'em and drive 'em out.

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9Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Silence

"Lifes2Short
I will take a wild guess and say that you have never served a single day in uniform."

Well your wild guess is WRONG. I served in the United States Navy as soon as I got out of high school at 18. I was a radiomen on board the USS Cleveland and deployed twice with the Pacific Fleet's Amphibious Force in the Eastern and Western Pacific.

"You clearly have a screwed up idea as to what the Military service is, one thing it is NOT, is a reform school."

Alot of respect, discipline and growing up during my time in the Navy. So think before you comment.

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10pacer(68 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

I agree with most of the comments above. The government needs to get out of the child rasing business and let the parents raise the kids. Government wants to control the kids and when they cause problems, they tell the parents they are responsible. -- Make punishment harder and the kids will not want to cause trouble. Jail should be without tv or any other pleasures. Meals should consist of bread and bologna sandwich 3 times a day. NO OTHER FOOD OR DRINK. This will make them think before doing crime.

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11Silence_Dogood(1333 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Lifes2Short
I thought long and hard before I wrote my comments, and I remember the sh!theads that Judges forced upon the Military . There was one person that I will never forget, he was one of the many that was sent to the recruiter by order of a Judge. All this piece of sh!t did was cause trouble and headache's. He just filled a slot in the Squadron that could have been filled by someone that gave a damn about the mission, instead we had a useless body with a major attitude. And it was no coincidence that when things disappeared he was always close by. As a Senior Petty Officer in charge of many people these fools made my day a living hell, first trying to get them to learn the job and then when it became clear that they refused to learn the job, trying to get rid of them. It would seem clear to me that you never had the duty of trying to deal with one of these fools. And then there is always the factor of having one of these fools around ordnance,In the radio shack about the worst thing they could do is violate emission control alpha,around ordnance it is a whole different ballgame.

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12Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

silence

No, I never had to deal with the fools, but you give a example of <one> person, how many others that were forced in the Military turned out being productive members of society or lifers?

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13Silence_Dogood(1333 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Lifes2Short
I am sure there are many examples that can be found out of the Millions that have served, but my point remains the same, the mission of the military is to protect and defend this Nation of our's, it is not to reform the idiot's among us.

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