The Corpus Christi Crime Control and Prevention District has voted to adopt a budget that completely eliminates funding for the Juvenile Assessment Center.
Please contact the Mayor and your Council Members and tell them to vote no on
the Corpus Christi Crime Control and Prevention District's budget until
it restores funding for the Juvenile Assessment Center. The Board should either use its reserve fund for the JAC or make across the board cuts that do not eliminate the program.
Please attend Tuesday's Council meeting if you can and speak during public comment telling Council to vote no on the Crime Control and Prevention District budget unless it restores funding for the JAC. It is item 14 on the regular agenda, which could occur at any time, Generally public comment can also be made during the public comment period at noon but not then and when the the item comes up.
The sales tax the District levies has not
produced enough funding to continue funding all of the District's
projects at current levels, so the District decided to cut all projects
except for the 60+ police officer positions it funds instead of making
cuts across the Board, to police positions and youth prevention funding, and instead of dipping into its reserve funds as all other city programs must do when things are tight.
The Crime Control and Prevention District was
primarily created to fund the Juvenile Assessment Center, which a wide
coalition of social service agencies across Corpus Christi supported.
The program was wildly successful, decreasing juvenile delinquency rates
in the city, assessing youth in trouble and connecting them to all of
the services they needed, providing case management to make sure that
services worked...it became a national model of prevention that was used
in creating countless programs in other communities.
Its effectiveness has been hampered over
recent years by continued cuts to its funding so that the courts and
police could have more funding. Now the District plans to eliminate it
altogether so they can protect all of the police positions for a few
I think the citizens would rather have 50
police positions funded (as was the original plan - the JAC plus 50 officers) and keep youth prevention services. There
will never be enough police officers to bring down the crime rate if the
city does not prioritize its youth. We know that prevention works.