Cities Incorporate Employment-Focused Strategies into Crime-Fighting Initiatives

Written by Scott J. Sheely on Wednesday - December 31, 2008.

New York, NY, December 15, 2008:  Despite a general nationwide downturn in reported crime since the early 1990s, police departments and local newspapers in some cities across the country reported in 2007 and 2008 that the per capita violent crime rate in their jurisdictions has begun to creep up; in some areas the rate has increased significantly. To reduce crime, local elected officials have unveiled new crime-fighting strategies that include employment initiatives targeting people with criminal records.

These include wage supplements for employers, support of job training efforts, and more focused re-entry management efforts.  For a link to the whole story, click here.

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Scott J. Sheely

Scott J. Sheely

Scott J. Sheely served as Executive Director of the Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board from 2000 until early 2015. He has worked as a Human Resource Director of a large mental health agency, operations manager of a nursing home chain, associate pastor of a church, and owner of a wholesale jewelry business.

Under Sheely's leadership, the WIB created the first health care-based Industry Partnership in Pennsylvania. He serves on the steering committee of the Pennsylvania Center for Health Careers and recently served on the Workfroce Cabinet of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.