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Rising crime threatens our region's quality of life -- but its impacts hurt poor and marginalized communities most.

To address organized street crimes such as theft, car break-ins, store ransacking, open-air drug use, and the distribution of hard drugs, Charlene will advance a federal legislative agenda that will address the issue in comprehensive fashion.  The legislation will include: 

Enhanced cooperation and community policing  


The legislation will encourage greater collaboration and information sharing between law enforcement agencies at federal, state, and local levels, and with community organizations, block clubs, and neighborhood watch organizations. This could involve improving communication channels, establishing inter-agency task forces, and facilitating joint operations to target organized criminal networks. Federal funds will be available for community policing programs in high-crime neighborhoods, designed to foster stronger relationships between law enforcement and communities. This includes efforts to build trust, enhance communication, and promote cooperation in identifying and preventing organized street crimes.

Minimum Standard for the reintegration of formerly incarcerated persons 

The legislation will establish a nationwide minimum standard for the treatment of formerly incarcerated persons, guaranteeing them access to reintegration, rehabilitation, education, housing, and job training services. The standards will require State-managed prison systems to meet these new human rights standards, and will require States to track and publish data on recidivism. 


Public awareness and education on the drug and human trafficking crisis


Funds will be made available for public awareness campaigns in high-crime neighborhoods to educate communities about the dangers and consequences of organized street crimes, international drug networks, and human trafficking. This will involve disseminating information on crime prevention measures, creating new reporting mechanisms, and making resources available to support victims.  


Targeted economic development initiatives


The legislation will create new opportunities in under-served communities affected by organized street crimes. This includes enhanced Opportunity Zone Tax Credits to reward job creation in high-crime communities, the provision of entrepreneurship programs and incubator spaces, and additional support for initiatives that address systemic issues contributing to crime, like poverty and lack of access to social services.

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