Sheriff Toulon, Jr. and NYS Assemblywoman Jean-Pierre organized a Deconstructing the Prison Pipeline Task Force in the fall of 2018 after analyzing crime trends in Suffolk and the region, and how crime and incarceration persists to impact large numbers of African-American males and individuals from low income communities. This prompted him to direct more community relations programming, such as Sandy Hook Promise’s “Say Something” and gang prevention education, into under-served schools.
Deconstructing the Prison Pipeline is about mobilizing all facets of the community to prevent juvenile delinquency and crime. It’s about implementing practical prevention and intervention solutions that will improve people’s lives and make our communities safer. The hearings held in May 2019 touched on school disciplinary policies, the effects of childhood abuse, trauma and parental incarceration on our youth, the impact of drugs, and gangs, and what we need to do to stop inter-generational crime and incarceration in Suffolk County. Additional meetings will be held throughout 2019.
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