From Omar Simpson, Esq.:
Crime Prevention Requires Multi-Faceted Approach
When will government learn that you just can’t police yourself out of fundamentally social and economic problems? Simply adding more police, jails and increasing arrests, while comforting to some, won’t solve the underlying problems…Poverty and Broken Families.
Attack Poverty and Broken Families by Creating Stronger Men.
The young men you hear about selling drugs, shooting and hustling are trying to solve an economic problem, namely,”How do I feed myself and my loved ones today?” A lot of these kids have little or no knowledge on how to do so legally. Most of us learned these survival skills from our parents, churches or loved ones…the importance of school, the value of a dollar, the need to be social, empathetic and compassionate. By and large, the young men you see on the police blotters everynight didn’t have the critical life lines that develop this knowledge.
Until we present a realistic solution to the throngs of young men that are being put out on the streets every day without survival skills, we are going to continue to have growing crime and violence as these men seek to survive the only way they know how. A man with no education, no family and no knowledge on how to provide for himself, in his eyes, has nothing to lose…he may do anything at anytime to anyone. Solution: We must create stronger men by giving them the tools to survive in a modern world.
Stronger Men Means Stronger Families and Safer Communities.
How do we create stronger men? In my mentoring program called Hu$tle-Nomics, I make stronger men by first convincing these men, logically, that violence and drug dealing are not in their best interest. Second, I convince them that they can survive and thrive legally; and third, I show them exactly how to survive and thrive legally even if they have a past criminal record, a poor education or a bad family environment.
“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.” Once a man knows how to feed himself and loved ones, he can focus on being a good and loving husband and father. A man that knows he can provide has more self-confidence and drive. A man that can provide a home, car and financial security for his family never want to lose this security, so he is much less likely to risk them by engaging in criminal activity. Bottomline:
If we want safer communities, we need to focus on creating better, self-sufficient Stronger Men.
The following email was sent by Omar J. Simpson to Harford County State’s Attorney Joe Cassilly, Sheriff Jesse Bane, County Executive David Craig, and County Councilman Dion Guthrie and Councilwoman Mary Ann Lisanit:
Good morning Mr. Cassilly and Sheriff Bane:
We’ve had our battles in the past and we may not always agree on everything, but one thing I’m sure we can agree on is that we all DESPISE violence and drug activity in Harford County. I am contacting you about a program called Hu$tle-Nomics I have developed to reduce violence and drug related crimes in Harford County. (especially in Edgewood, Aberdeen and Joppa).
I have attached the information on the program. It will help your Offices and the Court address the drug and violence problems that plague our county. The program focuses on prevention (getting kids before they get involved in drugs and violence) and intervention (getting them out of the drug and violence game once they become involved).
I see the damage drugs cause first hand…I live in Edgewood…one of the poorest and hardest hit areas of Harford County. I personally shadowed and assisted the Office of the Public Defender pro bono for close to a year to learn the current situation with respect to drugs and violence in Harford County. I witnessed firsthand State’s Attorneys and Public Defender’s burdened with dozens of cases daily. I can tell you from personal experience that the OPD, State’s Attorney’s Office and Judiciary are overwhelmed with cases related to drugs and violence…many of these cases are from Edgewood, Aberdeen and Joppa. As such, addressing the drug and violence problems is a must for me and a must for you.
Hu$tle-Nomics can help you and the County by reducing your caseloads. Adding Hu$tle-Nomics as a tool will protect the community by reducing the number of would-be criminals. Your Office, the County and the Courts would benefit by expanding it to at risk kids in Juvenile Court, District Court, Circuit Court and the Detention Center. How? By requiring Hu$tle-Nomics as a condition of probation or parole for all defendants you suspect are involved in drug or gang activity. I have already begun Phase I of Hu$tle-Nomics in the middle and high schools in Edgewood, Joppa and Aberdeen. The missing piece is reaching those young people already involved in the penal system and redeeming those that can be redeemed.
In conclusion, this could be a powerful tool for you and your Office. Requiring Hu$tle-Nomics as a condition of a pleas, probation or parole would ensure that these young people have a full understanding of the odds and consequences of illegal activity.
Please contact me when you are available so that we can meet and discuss this innovative program and how it can help you. My phone number is [redacted] and my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would you, or an appropriate representative, be available to meet next Tuesday, July 10th, 2012, at the District Courthouse at 11:30 a.m. for about 30 minutes? I could explain the entire Hu$tle-Nomics program, how it could be implemented and how it would benefit your organizations.
Omar J. Simpson, Esq., Attorney-at-Law