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After-School Programs Aim To Reduce Juvenile Crime In Dallas

By J.D. Miles, CBS 11 News
A fourth-grade student looks at books in an elementary school. (credit: Getty Images/Sean Gallup)

A fourth-grade student looks at books in an elementary school. (credit: Getty Images/Sean Gallup)

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A major effort will soon be underway to combat crime in Dallas apartment complexes. As many as 30 free after-school programs will be made available for kids and teens in low income apartment buildings, all in an effort to reduce juvenile crime.

The Dallas After School Network, a nonprofit organization, is partnering with the United Way to increase the number of learning centers where kids can go after classes for tutoring and recreation, while parents may still be at work.

The Dallas Police Department is also assisting with efforts to keep minors off the streets after school, when they are most vulnerable to commit crimes and become the victims of crime.

The plan to expand after-school programs in 2011 is possible because apartment complex owners in high crime areas have agreed to pay for a portion of the expenses.

Parents who currently take advantage of the program say that their kids would be at risk without a place to go after school. “Kids being kids,” said one parent. “They’re going to run around. They’re going to tear up stuff. They’re going to terrorize stuff. This is great.”

In an apartment complex where after-school programs are already being used, the property manager told CBS 11 News that security and maintenance costs have been reduced because juvenile crime problems have been reduced.

The exact apartment complexes that will be part of the 2011 expansion have not been determined.