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Closing of Mt. Vernon Probation Office Is A Threat To Public Safety and Continued Criminalization of Black Youth

On Friday December 11, 2015, at 1PM, stakeholders of Mt. Vernon will stand in front of the Mount Vernon Probation Office, located at 24 South 3rd Ave., Mt. Vernon, New York, to oppose the closing of the Mt. Vernon Probation Office on December 15, 2015, and the negative effects it will have on the Public Safety of Mt. Vernon.

From a law enforcement perspective, probation has long been a community based supervision alternative to incarceration and has a significant role in redirecting our youth to productive behavior within our community and reducing recidivism.

From a community perspective, without the probation office, this puts an extra burden on families that are already financial strapped to have their children travel to different cities for programs. This will result in a decline of offenders reporting and increased chances for our youth to be more exposed to criminal activity, which will put more of a burden on our local police department and ultimately our taxpayers.

Mount Vernon is a city that needs increased services and resources in all avenues of public safety, especially for our youthful offenders to battle with poverty, illicit drugs and gang activity.

By Westchester County cutting resources in this much-needed department will indeed be a threat to Public Safety to the city of Mt. Vernon and the continued criminalization of black youth.

Please join the following stakeholders and community leaders:

Blacks In Law Enforcement of America
Mt. Vernon Mayor Ernest D. Davis
Councilman- Elect André Wallace
Mount Vernon Independence Club
Janice Duarte
Ken Bright
Pastor Jeffery Wheeler
Pastor Troy DeCohen

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Damon K. Jones is an Activist, Author, and Publisher of Black Westchester Magazine, a Black-owned and operated newspaper based in Westchester County, New York. Mr. Jones is a Holistic Health Practitioner, First Aid in Mental Health Practioner, Diet, and Nutrition Advisor, and Vegan, Vegetarian Nutrition Life Coach. Mr. Jones is a 31 year Law Enforcement Practioner, New York Representative of Blacks in Law Enforcement of America. Mr. Jones has been a guest commentator on New York radio stations WBLS (107.5 FM), WLIB (1190 am), WRKS (98.7 FM), WBAI (99.5 FM), and Westchester's WVOX (1460 am). Mr. Jones has appeared on local television broadcasts, including Westchester News 12 “News Makers” and Public Television “Winbrook Pride. You can now hear Damon every Wednesday at 830 AM on WFAS 1230 AM, Morning with Bob Marone Show.
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