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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott's two-year effort to refocus the battle against juvenile and gang crime to prevention programs that would cost billions of dollars appears to be picking up steam.
More than half the members of the U.S. House — 234 lawmakers — have signed on as co-sponsors of the Virginia Democrat's bill.
Scott's legislation would spend $2 billion over five years to underwrite what he calls "evidence-based prevention programs" to reach high-risk youths before they turn to gangs and crime.
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