Questions Surround $55 Million Program to Cut Violence in Chicago

Scott Zamost et al., CNN, December 3, 2012

On a chilly afternoon this fall, teenagers across Chicago’s South Side were busy at work, earning $8.75 an hour to hand out fliers with a message of non-violence.

“Our message that we’re giving out today is about being healthy,” said 18-year-old Lucia Eloisa. “One of the key pointers is about taking time to reflect and seek inner peace.”

Eloisa’s part-time job was paid for by an ambitious state-funded program to keep at-risk teenagers out of trouble. It pumped nearly $55 million into Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods and three of its suburbs to stem unrelenting gang violence.

A four-month CNN investigation found that not only did the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) pay teens to hand out fliers promoting inner peace, it also paid these at-risk teens to take field trips to museums, march in a parade with the governor, and even attend a yoga class to learn how to handle stress.

Earlier this year, state legislators passed a resolution demanding the state conduct an audit on the program. That audit is under way.

Supporters say the program kept kids off the streets of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods and helped expose inner city youth to a broader culture, as well as cultivate future leaders.

But critics wonder if it was just a waste of taxpayers’ money, considering that the city’s murder rate has risen since the program began two years ago.

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Pat Quinn became Illinois’ governor in 2009 in the wake of a corruption scandal that took down his predecessor, Rod Blagojevich. After serving out the rest of Blagojevich’s term, the former lieutenant governor narrowly won the Democratic primary to vie for a full term in 2010.

That fall, Quinn faced a tough challenge against his Republican opponent to retain the governor’s seat.

In October 2010—less than a month before the gubernatorial election—Quinn announced his Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, which he said would “take on the root causes of violence” in Chicago and across Illinois by creating “about 3,000 part time and permanent jobs for young people so they have a positive way to go.”

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Quinn’s political opponents have questioned the timing of his announcement.

“I mean, we’re in a budget crisis,” said Illinois state Sen. Matt Murphy, spokesman for the Republican state appropriations committee. “We were back then. We have since been in a violence crisis in Chicago, and you look at this, and you say for political purposes, you’re taking precious and limited taxpayer dollars and spending them on political purposes rather than solving the violence problem in the city of Chicago. And it was wrong.”

Murphy believes that Quinn’s real motivation for implementing the program was to secure votes in Chicago’s heavily Democratic districts on the South Side.

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Murphy and other Republican legislators point to the fact that most of the program’s funding went to black neighborhoods in Chicago that were ultimately critical to Quinn’s election.

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Quinn ended up winning the 2010 election by less than one percentage point, largely due to the turnout of the black vote in Chicago.

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Politically motivated or not, it’s hard to argue that the nearly $55 million spent on the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative helped stem violence in Chicago. Two years after the program was implemented, there have been 476 murders in the city, a nearly 20 percent increase over 2011.

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Records provided to CNN show that $54.5 million was spent on the NRI program, mostly through the governor’s discretionary fund, which doesn’t require legislative approval.

The only data on the program’s accomplishments come directly from the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority. The NRI states that it created more than 3,484 jobs, provided counseling for more than 3,100 children, and helped 1,175 ex-cons.

The NRI’s self-reported results are being examined by researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago. {snip}

CNN reviewed hundreds of documents related to the program and conducted dozens of interviews with program participants which show how some of the money was spent:

NRI participants were paid $8.75 an hour, first to receive mentoring from adults, and then go out to pitch positive messages and hand out fliers in their neighborhoods.

Lazaro Vasquez, 18, said although he couldn’t explain how the message in the fliers he was handing out would help stop violence, he supported the program.

“I just know that I’m trying to do my best that I can (to) pitch that message to youth, and let them know that we’re trying to help the community,” he said.

In another instance, students earned $8.75 an hour to visit the DuSable Museum of African American History and to the National Museum of Mexican Art.

“It was an effort to expose the students to a broader perspective on the cultures in their neighborhood and provoke some discussion,” explained Dan Valliere, executive director of Chicago Commons, one of the lead agencies under the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.

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Students were also paid to attend a yoga class as part of the program’s effort “to point them out of their comfort zone . . . think differently and become more a leader in their own neighborhood,” Valliere explained.

The NRI also paid teens from the Better Boys Foundation to march in the 82nd Annual Bud Billiken Parade on August 13, 2011, with Quinn, according to records and video of the parade.

“Their job was promoting positive messages, etc., which is what the parade is about,” a spokesman for Quinn said.

An audit of one of the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative’s lead groups—The Woodlawn Organization—uncovered a “lack of clear accounting and record keeping” and “questionable decisions.” The group, which has a two-year contract, received $1.2 million before the state de-funded it.

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Others involved with the Chicago anti-violence initiative underscored the successes of the program—like keeping kids off the streets—while acknowledging more needs to be done.

“We engage with the kids and things of that nature, do booster training and get them life skills and coping skills,” said Lamont Coakley, an adult mentor. “It’s just limited on the funds. If we can get funded to hire all the youth, then it would work.

“Because if we really look at it, when they’re at their training, when they’re at work, they’re not shooting anyone.”

{snip}

Today, the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative has been scaled back, with a much smaller budget of just $15 million. It’s also being managed by a different state agency.

And the jobs? A spokeswoman for the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority said that’s being reworked to put “youth in more traditional employment and mentoring situations.”

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  • http://www.newnation.org/ sbuffalonative

    I’m waiting for the day when every white person will be assigned their own black child to watch and mentor.

    • i am

      … and to pay off their credit card bill every month. I read that several hundred years ago the kids of kings and queens had stand-ins to take the punishment for the the royal children did wrong. There will come a day when whites will be thrown in jail for the crime their assigned black child committed.

      • Joseph U

        Something like it apparently exists. Some years ago a fellow I worked with related some stereotypical experience of being cited in for speeding in some lonesome area of Louisiana. The fine was of course, excessive but the amounts were proudly broken out on the citation. Among these was “Indigent Violators Fee”. Seemed nonsense but the best he could render was that they this was some added penalty in case he didn’t have enough money to pay in cash before he left the state or something. Upon inquiry of the officer to clarify, the response was something like: “Oh no sir. That goes into a pool to pay the fines of violators who can’t afford to pay.”

        So, the concept of a state ordained substitutionary sacrifice is not novel, it seems.

    • Major

      Why not…this program once more shows the soft expectations of their own kind of bigotry….the complete infantilism of blacks. Negroes are incapable of attaining their own success or getting themselves out of their self induced predicaments of poverty, ignorance and violence.

      Another program designed solely to show pity for the poor race that can’t raise themselves…and they hate the white man on top of it. Without us…they wouldn’t last another decade. They’d cannibalize everything in sight.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Have I ever brought up the subject of “claw-hammer aversion training” on this website, or more particularly on this subject?

      With well-trained assistance, I suspect I could properly do this on the north slope of Alaska. I could guarantee absolutely that none of them would ever be a problem again, though we would need natural gas or oil from nearby pipelines run to our installation for proper heating of some of the installation’s equipment.

      My rehabilitation rate would – I promise and will be able to prove – be literally 100 percent. Who else could do that?

  • You Are Now Enriched

    Calling them “at risk youth” has been deemed racist.

    You are supposed to call them “aspiring young rap artists” and “promising young atheletes”.

  • JackKrak

    Years & years and millions & millions wasted searching for ways to end the violence and it turns out all we had to do was hand out fliers!
    Thanks, Chicago!

  • pcmustgo

    “take on the root causes of violence” in Chicago and across Illinois by creating “about 3,000 part time and permanent jobs for young people so they have a positive way to go.”

    Take on the root cause of violence by limiting the # of children welfare mothers have… temporary sterilization implants in the arm… No “entitled to have more than 2 children” while on the tax-payers dime.

    Oh, I met another white male today who straight up told me he “can’t afford to have kids”… He works a “middle-class” but blue collar full-time job + a serious part-time job on the side. Unbelievable.

    • IstvanIN

      How about no welfare?

      • AngryWhiteMan

        Welfare is cheaper than cleaning up after riots and imprisoning criminals. Plus less welfare would mean more crime on productive members of society. Welfare is truly the least worst option.

        • Joseph U

          Welfare in Chicago guarantees an unending supply of criminals “made fresh daily”. What extra-galactic place are you thinking about?

  • pcmustgo

    root of violence-

    Thug culture. Out of wedlock single parenting. Why not tell them they are a bunch of dumb , amoral thugs ? That would work better I think.

    • Ulick

      Root of violence — genes.

    • StillModerated

      Because the truth would wound their tender (black) pride.

  • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

    What is interesting to me isn’t the flyer distribution and yoga classes this program funded, it’s how much of it was turned back around and shoveled to favored constituencies and relatives (“The Chicago Way”).

  • Guest

    They’re not perfect, but give Fox News their due credit in this story: Almost consistently when they deal with this story about GZ’s broken nose, do they show images of Trayvon Martin as a grown man or almost grown man, instead of a wee early adolescent.

    • AngryWhiteMan

      For all its flaws, Fox is orders of magnitudes better than the other networks when it comes to protecting law abiding and productive citizens.

      • nobody

        FOX is owned by a Jew and is no better than any other crooked, dishonest, scheming media corporation.

  • Puggg

    In October 2010—less than a month before the gubernatorial
    election—Quinn announced his Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, which he
    said would “take on the root causes of violence” in Chicago and across
    Illinois by creating “about 3,000 part time and permanent jobs for young
    people so they have a positive way to go.”

    Definitely, because the lack of opportunity of the young black people of Chicago to hand out flyers and do yoga is the root cause of black crime.

  • So CAL Snowman

    Hey on the bright side that’s $55 million in litter for the sanitation department to clean up! My god we are PAYING these people to not be violent.

    • HamletsGhost

      Modern day Danegeld.

      Call it Negegeld

      • LaSantaHermandad

        LOL!

  • ncpride

    They call this nonsense ‘work’..? How pathetic!

    You know, for the past few years, there is a young White fella who lives in our neighborhood that comes by our house every so often looking for work from my husband. We know he is married and has a child, and that he can only find part time work like so many Americans. My husband always puts him to work doing something… today it was raking leaves from our not so small front and back yard, despite the fact that my hubby actually enjoys doing yard work with what I call his ‘Man Toys’ (anything that requires gasoline) because he says that any man that tries so hard deserves a chance and he really respects this guy for that. I’ve seen him working in the yard at other houses in our neighborhood, so he works when anyone will give him a job.
    THAT, my friends, is the difference between a White man and useless black thugs who get paid to hand out fliers and go on field trips. Pffft!

    • i am

      There is/was a place in the Appalachians where the poor whites refused welfare. They would rather be poor than to take money from someone else. They thought welfare was for lazy blacks.

    • Tim

      If the flyers were advertising pizza and not mid nite basket ball and non-violence, then I would consider that legitimate employment.

      • ncpride

        Not I… Not on the taxpayers dime. If they actully worked at said pizza place and were handing out fliers, then I’d consider that legitimate employment.

    • AngryWhiteMan

      Oh god, stop the race baiting. There’s no shortage of white parasites or hard working blacks. Comments like yours only serve to divide.

      • ncpride

        Serve to divide? Sorry fella, they do that pretty well on their own. I never said ALL Whites were perfect, but if you can point me to a program that spends millions on White ‘youth’ to employ them to do ridiculous ‘jobs’ just to keep them from shooting one another, I’d love to see it. My point was, I just can’t see these ‘gang members’ pounding the pavement constantly looking for work like the guy in my comment… can you?

        • Exoplanet Finder

          AngryWhiteMan has a point that it is race-baiting to call into the forum the tendency for a small group of whites elevating their pride over the desire to accept a handout… if we knew that no blacks ever did, which we can almost assume to be true. But Ncpride is right. There are more than just those whites who will not accept money they did not earn. They are the same whites who do not accept charity. This cohort exists, and to belittle them is wrong. There are a lot of moron whites, but that doesn’t take away from the fact there are noble ones too… even ones descended from European nobility who worked crap jobs for decades to get by in a new country when they arrived here, and never ever accepted a handout because it was beneath them. To those whites, and to those who know who I am talking about, I salute you.

          • ncpride

            Well, it’s certainly a first for me to be accused of race baiting on a White race realist site designed to promote racial interests of Whites, for and by Whites…. Go figure…

      • Dan Reardon

        Well put your money where your mouth is and move to inner city Detroit. You won’t have to worry about being around all those parasitic White people then.

      • Dan Reardon

        Well put your money where your mouth is and move to inner city Detroit. You won’t have to worry about being around all those parasitic White people then.

    • GSJ

      That comment inspired feelings of pride. Blacks are more united in hating whitey than actually taking care of their own kids, or being responsible citizens.

    • GSJ

      That comment inspired feelings of pride. Blacks are more united in hating whitey than actually taking care of their own kids, or being responsible citizens.

  • Nicholai Hel

    “Students were also paid to attend a yoga class as part of the program’s effort “to point them out of their comfort zone”

    Paid to attend yoga class?

    Dat sho beats free yoga classes. More gibsenedat. Next they’ll get paid to take a bath with free soap.

    • i am

      They are being taught that they only have to do something they don’t like if someone pays them for it.

      • StillModerated

        I guess that’s about as close as they’ll ever get in understanding the concept of work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jean-Deux/1540915347 Jean Deux

    Bribery? Are we paying people not to rob and steal from us? Next year the program will cost $110 million and we will be paying the “youths” $17/hr. Hey, just because they didn’t graduate doesn’t mean they are that stupid, all they need is a hustler street organizer to unionize them, maybe a catchy name, CRED, cellulose redistributors union.

    • The__Bobster

      We already are. It’s called welfare and make-work AA jobs. Watch what happen when the money runs out.

      • StillModerated

        I used to fear the government until I discovered that it’s run by incompetent, shiftless, AA hires. The system is doomed to collapse. With any luck it will be 12/21/2012.

    • LaSantaHermandad

      The irony is that in the end, they rob, rape and murder us anyway but we keep feeding the crocodile.

  • Nicholai Hel

    “Students were also paid to attend a yoga class as part of the program’s effort “to point them out of their comfort zone”

    Paid yoga classes beat free yoga classes hands down. Gibsmedat nonviolence flyer.

    • Oil Can Harry

      The blacks only showed up at the yoga class because they thought they’d get to meet Yogi Bear…

      • i am

        Or to see white woman in tights

        • LaSantaHermandad

          I was just starting to type almost the same thing when I saw your post. Great minds think alike. As a teacher of almost half a century, I learned quickly that Black males’ permanent drive was to search out opportunities for copulation whether by consent or by force.
          We teach OUR boys that “No” means ” No”. For women , saying “No” a Black means rape and/ or a fatal assault.

          • Joseph U

            Not necessarily in that order either, according to news I saw recently

  • i am

    Isn’t this a form of extortion? They get rewarded for being bad, but whites get punished for being good.

    • Anonymous

      Bad and Good are racist concepts invented by the white male patriarchy to impose a reign of terroristic intellectual colonization upon People of Color(TM). Shame on you!

  • Ulick

    “In October 2010—less than a month before the gubernatorial election—Quinn announced his Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, which he said would “take on the root causes of violence” in Chicago and across Illinois by creating “about 3,000 part time and permanent jobs for young people so they have a positive way to go.”
    ——————————————————————
    Idiots are convinced that poverty creates violence. In reality, it’s the exact opposite — violence creates poverty. As soon as a neighborhood becomes violent, coincidentally when it becomes “diverse”, is when wealth plummets. The affluent that can escape do. Businesses do not want to be robbed and want to have an environment where patrons feel safe to come — so they move. Soon their are few businesses and few people with wealth willing to invest it in that community, but it’s all that communities own doing.
    Look at Detroit. It was once one of America’s wealthiet per capita cities. When blacks started moving into Detroit in droves it was still welathy. It was the violence that blacks brought to Detroit that caaused businesses and affluent people to move out. Blacks violence created Detroit’s poverty, not the other way around.

    • Joseph U

      Oh, no. It is never that simple. These are complex issues unfathomable to the white mind.

  • libertarian 1234

    “But critics wonder if it was just a waste of taxpayers’ money, considering that the city’s murder rate has risen since the program began two years ago.”

    The black problem is mostly cultural, but that in no way means that the population isn’t handicapped with many other things. And it isn’t possible to change the culture without recreating a strong family unit that is based in strong moral values.

    Many people talk about fatherless homes being the problem, not understanding that homes with two parents aren’t going to improve the conduct of young blacks so long as the parents are as hateful and irresponsible as their offspring. And to change the prevailing attitude of black parents is nearly impossible to do.

    Money hasn’t solved one single problem within the black communities anywhere in the country. And it won’t.

  • Chris

    $55 million would pay for alot of vasectomy’s and abortions.

    • Joseph U

      Or electric chairs.

  • JohnEngelman

    But critics wonder if it was just a waste of taxpayers’ money, considering that the city’s murder rate has risen since the program began two years ago.

    - Scott Zamost et al., CNN, December 3, 2012

    Nationally the total rate of crime, the rate of violent crime, and the murder rate have each declined during the past two years.

    http://www.disastercenter.com/crime/uscrime.htm

    One of the things most of the voters have learned since 1960 is that the way to reduce crime is not through social reform and social welfare spending. It is by putting more criminals in to prison, and keeping them there until they are too old to commit crimes.

    • Vyncennt

      And how many prisons do you calculate will be necessary to incarcerate all of these criminals? Would free housing, meals, utilities, and entertainment … at the expense of the taxpayer … not be a form of welfare?

      Crime has declined a bit over the last decade for no other reason than superior technology…not fear or attendance of a prison. Blacks do not fear prison as we do. I’ve heard many of them reminiscing of their prison visits…waxing nostalgic no less.

      Stop on by Philadelphia for a spell and enjoy our “diminished” crime rate…..

      Crime slows when there is an immediate and unbearable consequence for committing it. Seeing as our current laws favor the criminal nearly as much as the victim, and hold his/her rights to the highest regard, the days of any real consequence are long over.

      • JohnEngelman

        Since 1980 the crime rate has declined by one third because the prison population has tripled.

        http://www.disastercenter.com/crime/uscrime.htm

        http://www.jacksonprogressive.com/issues/lawenforcement/punishment.pdf

        In addition, Roe v. Wade has disproportionately caused the abortions of fetuses who would have grown up to be violent criminals. A potential mugger who was aborted in 1974 would have been eighteen in 1992. That is when the rate of violent crime began to decline.

        The high cost of incarceration can be reduced by the thorough exploitation of prison labor, the frequent use of corporeal and capital punishment, and an end to educational and recreational opportunities.

        Because crime is a genetic predisposition rehabilitation is rarely effective. Criminals should be prevented from spreading their bad genes.

        Civilization civilizes. Whites and Orientals have lower crime rates than other races because for hundreds and thousands of years the criminal justice systems of civilized nations have removed those with criminal inclinations from the gene pool.

      • LaSantaHermandad

        I was going to see Lincoln but decided not to waste my money. I won’t buy the DVD either. It’s another propaganda movie to support the revisionist history that is part of the progressive agenda. I wonder how many Blacks cheered in the theaters when the Confederate soldier got his head stomped in the mud.
        Steven Spielberg seems to be the male version of Leni Riefenstahl except that she was at least pretty.

        • HamletsGhost

          I won’t watch that movie either but I doubt that many Negroes will pay to see it either. No booty shaking, cap busting, blingy car speeding action that they love.

          The movie is mostly aimed at cerebral white people who need a 2 hour propaganda history lesson as a boost to their moral certainty that they are indeed the righteous ones.

    • LaSantaHermandad

      I hate to keep beating this drum but “FIgures don’t lie but liars figure”. They’re simply not reporting them. Watch you local news every day. There are at least three shootings every day in Philadelphia. Pretty soon there will be more prisons in this ForsakenGod country than apartment houses. What we need to do is to eliminate these violent sons of bitches whom we’ve been warehousing on our dime. Serial murderers, serial rapists, cop killers ( e.g. Wesley Cook AKA Mumiya Abu Jamal who gave a commencement speech to the graduating class of some college via CCTV) , rapists of children, “youth thugs” , violent gang members ( did I miss anyone?) should be put to death, Why do we have to keep these people alive? The murderers of Channon and Chris are now getting a new trial. Think of their victims many of whom would have contributed something to society had their lives not been stolen from them. Look at Nidal. He’s guilty. There were scores of witnesses who saw him murder 13 people and wound a score of others. Why does he need a trial? The constitution has been revised to allow the termination of millions of unborn innocents every year. The UK has the Liverpool Care Path for the helpless elderly where they are depriving them of nutrients so that they’ll die and let’s face it, they’re doing it here as well with the morphine drip.

      We live in a world upside down. For all you mind numbed idiots who voted for the continuation of “Hope and Change”, what were you thinking?

      • JohnEngelman

        We live in a world upside down. For all you mind numbed White idiots who voted for the continuation of “Hope and Change”, what were you thinking?

        - LaSantaHermandad

        One of the things I was thinking about when I voted to reelect the President was the fact that the crime rate has declined since the inauguration of President Obama in 2008.

        http://www.disastercenter.com/crime/uscrime.htm

        • LaSantaHermandad

          John,
          It was the Obama admin. who allowed a NBPP leader to intimidate White voters and publicly call for the murder of Whites and their children. There are 30,000 (ave.) B/W rapes every year. Precinct commanders in NYC were encouraged to cook their books vis a vis violent crime. You’ve got to be kidding.

        • Joeseph U

          There were also widespread droughts.
          So what?

      • AngryWhiteMan

        Abortion reduces crime rates, to say nothing of the right of women to not have to carry a pregnancy they don’t want.

        • IstvanIN

          Can you imagine how many more blacks we would have. Ugh.

          • LaSantaHermandad

            More Whites are either aborting or eschewing parenthood completely. Vast numbers of abortions on the part of Blacks is a myth.

        • LaSantaHermandad

          Execution works a lot better WHEN it’s used.

  • IKantunderstand

    The bottom line is simple: We have to turn Black people into White people. Not going to happen. Plan B anyone?

    • Joseph U

      They are diligently working on Plan B right now: turn white people into black people so in the future they won’t give a damn.

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  • LaSantaHermandad

    “Because if we really look at it, when they’re at their training, when they’re at work, they’re not shooting anyone.”

    IN other words for the rest of their lives they must be kept working for at least 18 hours per day for the entire week with daily periods of 6 hours of supervised sleep.

    When does this madness end?

  • Lakeview Senior

    The State of Illinois is behind in funding the pensions of retired State workers in the amount of $80,000,000 yet they can spend or throw away $55 million to buy the votes in these Black neighborhoods. Govenor Quinn also spent about $14 million in that same time period to build housing for Hispanic students going to the University of Illinois at Chicago under the ‘Dream Act’ which allows them to attend colleges of their choice no matter where they live in the United States. They are charged in-state tuiton, a gift that is not given to White Amereican born students. This action was done to insure Quinn’s election.
    It is too bad that most Illinois residents will not care about the above facts but will continue to blame the unfunded Illinois pension system on the Illinois State’s workers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003201678474 Eric Shun

    If that $55 million had been spent for increased law enforcement, then that would have surely decreased violent crime in Chicago.

    • AngryWhiteMan

      Chicago cops are the biggest criminals of all

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003201678474 Eric Shun

    This is no different than the fake, no-work, make-work jobs for black in all government agencies.

  • ageofknowledge

    Singapore was a nest of piracy in antiquity and struggled with crime until they decided to do something about it. Though I certainly don’t advocate abolishing trial by jury, their stance on firearms, etc… and believe their positions on these are undesirable and regressive, the fact is that Singapore knows how to implement a cost-effective justice system.

    Singapore will rapidly carry out a death penalty conviction and they don’t spend $5 million USD per murderer (every time someone decides to walk into a convenience store and murder the clerk for the money in the till) to obtain a death penalty conviction either.

    There is a mandatory death penalty for murder and high level drug-trafficking offenses. Singapore has “possibly the highest execution rate in the world relative to its population.” Their murderers and drug traffickers don’t re-offend because they are dead. So much for drug dealing gangs that murder. They don’t exist in Singapore because they cannot exist in Singapore.

    Also, one can get seriously caned for rape, rioting, vandalism, and trafficking immigrants into Singapore.

    It’s no surprise that in 2011, in the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index, Singapore was ranked in the top countries surveyed in “Order and Security”, “Absence of Corruption”, and “Effective Criminal Justice”.

    The Crips, Bloods, Surenos, Nortenos, mafia, cartels, tongs, miscreants, etc… would be put out of business within a very short time if the bulk of Singapore law (minus trial by jury, firearm offenses, and right to assembly) were ported over to the U.S..

    • i am

      The main problem is that crime is profitable for the legal system: Police, lawyers, judges, correctional facilities, and rehabilitation organizations. If these people didn’t continue to profit immensely from crime, we wouldn’t have a crime problem.

  • Bitter Rural Zealot

    Whoa wait, violence in Chicago? What kind of violence: pitchfork violence, shoe throwing violence, indian-burn or noogie violence? Surely it is not any sort of violence involving guns. I mean, they have such strict gun control laws in Chicago, it ought to be dang near impossible for there to be any sort of gun violence.

    • LaSantaHermandad

      Priceless!! I’m still laughing! I especially liked the indian burn and noogie violence.

  • frank c

    instead of cutting welfare the program that produces all these teen criminals,they spend more of white’s money! will anyone in the govt.ever tell the truth?

  • StillModerated

    A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.

    Thomas Jefferson

    But what did he know? He didn’t have a degree in psychology.

    • Joseph U

      Remember though, he was writing to a white boy, not yoofs in Chicago.

  • Joseph U

    So, sending Tyrell and La Sha’ to the DuSable museum of African American Art is exposing these latent luminaries to the “…broader perspectives of culture in their neighborhood”.

    Sure, what could be more consciousness-expanding than for them to go view cave paintings made by the bruthas and sistas.

    It is like some cancelled comedy show with these reformers.