An Effective California Fellowship Program For Homicide Prevention

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National Council on Crime and Delinquency

With a background as a psychiatrist, Bruce Maag has focused his career on expanding Ohio’s network of treatment foster care agencies. Bruce Maag is one of the Foster Family Based Treatment Association founders and was the organization’s fifth president. He is also active with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NACD), which focuses on child welfare and juvenile justice issues.

NACD was recently in the news for the success of its innovative fellowship program in Richmond, California, which has one of the nation’s highest homicide rates. In 2007 alone, the city of 100,000 experienced 45 murders: a rate that exceeded Washington D.C’s rate by a factor of three.

Coordinating with the newly formed Office of Neighborhood Safety, NACD offered “potentially lethal” young men $1,000 each month simply for simply participating in the program and staying out of trouble.

A recent evaluation of the fellowship program, now in its eighth year, found that it has been effective. The costs were far less expensive than those associated with homicide, which average $400,000 when prison and medical expenses are considered. The program is now being considered by violence-stricken communities such as Oakland, California, and Toledo, Ohio.