Memphis leaders have announced a $14.7 million, 14-point anticrime plan, reports the Memphis Commercial Appeal. The initiative, part of Operation Safe Community, includes gang intervention, an expanded drug treatment court, programs within the school systems to make them safe, and other strategies. The plan was announced by District Attorney Bill Gibbons. “This is an unprecedented effort in safety and crime prevention,” Said U. S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), as he announced $2.3 million in federal aid for anti-gang efforts.
School Superintendent Kriner Cash already is implementing something called SchoolHouse Adjustment Program Enterprise, a program that offers an alternative to Juvenile Court for students who commit minor offenses such as nonserious assault, disorderly conduct or criminal trespass. The student will receive counseling, mentoring, social and life-skills training, homework assistance, and tutoring. Juvenile Court Judge Curtis Person plans to use a $9 million grant over six years to provide mental and health services for juveniles with severe emotional problems. Local state legislators plan to push a comprehensive crime package in the General Assembly to strengthen gun crimes and consequences for criminal actions.