Cities across the nation face an increase in gang-related homicides at the same time that money may be cut from federal programs targeting the problem, says the advocacy group Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, according to the Boston Globe. Northeastern University criminologist James A. Fox, a group member, noted that the FBI’s lastest crime statistics report showed a small increase in gang-related killings. “This is not a time to be cutting back. We are now beginning to see gangs making a comeback in Boston,” said Fox. “we have, in this city, unfortunately been letting down our guard. In the 1990s, Boston became a national model for attacking gang violence by combining law enforcement with intervention by street workers and religious leaders.
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids said the Bush administration wants to spend $180 million for two juvenile justice programs, down from $304 million in the current fiscal year. Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton, another member of the Fight Crime group, said gang violence will spread across the country. “This is an impending crisis,” he said.