Box 21, Folder 35, Document 32

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Fight Poverty, Slum ArelCis
To E©Jse-Crome==McGovern
By DAVID NORDAN
The new director of the revised Metropolitan Atlanta Com-mission 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.
Sears Roebuck for donating four of opportunity, poor health and ·
portable swimming pools for the 50 forth."
areas and urged the Kiwanians
"Remove these conditions," he
to consider financing the filtering system for at least one of said, " and you will r educe
crime."
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the pools as a project.
"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 January, said
that any crime fighting efforts
are futile unless these conditions are altered.
He made his remarks at a
meeting of the Atlanta Kiwanis
Club which he urged to join
with other civic groups to help
provide r ecreational facilities in
areas of the city where riots
occurred last summer.
Mr. McGovern reported that
21 play lots were erected in
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
them.
HE SAID the recreational
areas were built with the help
of federal funds, but the funds
are not available this year.
The commission director cited
MR. McGOVERN 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 Metropolitan Commission, the Atlanta Crime Commission, which he said delivered
the same conclusions as the
P r e s i d e n t's Commission on
Crime and Delinquency several
months before the national study
group made its r eport.
He also urged the Kiwanians,
almost 100 percent employers, to
reconsider hiring policies and
not arbitrarily r efuse to employ
a man who has a criminal record.
He said they and other citizens could do much to comba t I
crime individually through small
efforts such as locking automo- 1
biles, doors, reporting offenses
to police and m aking themselves
available to police as witnesses
when needed.
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