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Gibbons Tours Youth Villages, Pledges To Reduce Juvenile Crime

Press Release from Bill Gibbons for Governor, March 22, 2010:

Bartlett, TN – Shelby County District Attorney General Bill Gibbons continues to make fighting crime a top priority, not only in his job at the D.A.’s office, but also as he gains momentum in his run for governor of Tennessee. General Gibbons today toured Youth Villages in Bartlett, a residential facility that offers mental health treatment for boys and girls.

“Most of the children who live at Youth Villages or participate in the programs are children who have also been part of the juvenile justice system. I wanted to see for myself how these treatment centers operate to better grasp the underlying problems of juvenile crime, and in turn, the best ways to fight it,” Gibbons said. “I was impressed with Youth Villages facilities and the staffs’ dedication to these troubled children,” he added.

While overall crime in many communities, including Shelby County, has gone down in recent years, juvenile crime remains a growing problem.

“Many of these children spend their whole lives shuffled through the juvenile justice system, rather than being in school and leading productive lives. As D.A., I’ve already cracked down on parents whose children are perpetually truant and helped match troubled children with caring mentors, but I think we have a long way to go. As governor, I want to move forward with new programs and ideas, instead of tying up kids in bureaucratic red tape,” Gibbons said.

Bill Gibbons, a Republican, is the Shelby County District Attorney General, serving as the top state law enforcement official in Tennessee’s largest jurisdiction. He entered the governor’s race on January 4, 2009. For more information on Bill Gibbons, visit his campaign website at www.Gibbons2010.com.

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