Box 21, Folder 35, Document 20

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Box 21, Folder 35, Document 20

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The new director of the revised Metropolitan Atlanta Commission on Crime and Juvenile
Delinquency has called on Atlantans to help alleviate poverty and slum conditions which
he said are at the root of the
city's crime problem.
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"The crime problem is a portrait of a failure on the part of
society," Mr. McGovern said.
James L. McGovern, an FBI "It breeds not in a vacuum but
veteran who was named to head in a cess pool-poverty, the lack
the commission in J anuary, said
that any crime fighting efforts
are futile unless these conditions are altered.
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Mr. McGovern reported that
21 play lots were erected in
1\IR. l\IcGOVEHN said he
spent 26 years with the FBI, but
that only recently, after becoming director of the crime commission, did he really become
fully aware of the importance
of preventive measures in fighting crime.
He lauded the work of the parent of the ?lfetropolitan Commis. sion, the Atlanta Crime Com. mission, which he said delivered
the same conclusions as the
Pr e s i d e n t's Commission on
Crime and Delinquency several
months before the national study
group made its report.
He made his remarks at a
meeting of the Atlanta Kiwanis
-. Club which he urged to join
with other civic groups to help
provide recreational facilities in
areas of the city where riots
occurred last summer.
of opportunity, poor health and ·
portable swimming pools f~r the ~o forth ."
areas and urged the Kiwanians
to consider financing the filter- "Remove these conditions," he
ing system for at least one of said, "and you will reduce
the pools as a project.
He also urged the Kiwanians,
almost 100 percent employers, to
reconsider hiring policies and ,
not arbitrarily refuse to employ I
a man who has a criminal rec-,1
deprived areas of the city after
the outbreaks last year but that
the Atlanta Parks Department
does not have a budget large
enough to maintain and improve
He said they and other citizens could do much to combat I
crime individually through small i
efforts such as locking automo-,
biles, doors, reporting offenses !
to police and ma! themselves 1
available to police as witnesses 1
when needed.
HE S AID the recreational
areas were built with the help
of federal funds, but the funds
are not available this year.
The commission director cited

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