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Editorial: Post on crime in D.C.

In an editorial today, The Post discusses falling crime rates in The District in 2009 -- and then tackles perhaps the most pressing question: How to handle crime in the city's most violent areas?

From the piece:

As welcome as the plunge is, certain neighborhoods -- among them Shaw, Anacostia and Columbia Heights -- continue to bear the brunt of the violence that persists. The legislation sponsored by D.C. Council members Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) is aimed squarely at giving the law-abiding residents of violence-racked neighborhoods a chance at peace and safety. The bill should be given a prompt and fair hearing to assess the impact of several provisions.

Read the full editorial -- and then let us know what you think.

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 13, 2010; 12:32 PM ET
Categories:  From the Post , The District  
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Is the majority population in these neighborhoods black? The "law-abiding residents" don't want to snitch on the thugs, gang members, drug dealers & assorted riff raff who are ruining their neighborhoods. The police, even black cops, are seen as the enemy. How can the neighborhood get better if the residents refuse to cooperate with police & authorities? The people with money, brains, ambition & sense get out ASAP. They know there is no future there. The crabs at the bottom of the barrel do their best to keep everyone stuck down in the mud & slime.

Posted by: uncivil | January 13, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

The way to keep crime down in these poor neighborhood is to start with offering some of these people a new start. Most of the people that are committing these crimes are not because they want to, they feel like the are doing what they need to get by. Money is the root of all evil. If you listen to the news reports most of the time it goes back to just that MONEY. Find JOBS for these people so they can take care of there families.Give them reason to not want to hang out in the streets all day, to be able to live comfortable. The ex-offender program has over 10,000 people waiting to get into it.Just to try to start over, they get into this program for about 6 months get sent to these jobs that have no intentions on hiring them, but they work for that little bit of MONEY until there time is up, and back to the streets they go.Give them good things to do and many of them wont have time to do the bad things.In DC most apartments have to have a certain number about(30%)of low income residents make it the same way with government and private jobs make them take about (30%) of ex-offender, welfare moms and dads, poor ,needy ,homeless,and anyone else that trying to make it in the mean streets of DC. Remember just because someone don't have a high school diploma dont mean they're not intelligent.I feel and understand the struggles, but we have to find another way of getting them to hear our cry!!!!!!!!

Posted by: dream30 | January 14, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

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