How the Alameda County Sheriff's office is preparing ex-offenders for employment
Lt. Martin Neideffer oversees the Youth and Family Services Bureau Crime Prevention Unit for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office. He's involved with various programs that help inmates get training and resources before they re-enter into society. Neideffer explains that the Eden Area of Alameda County has high crime and incarceration rates and is an area of Alameda that his department is focused on improving. He joined KALW's Holly Kernan in studio.
LT. MARTIN NEIDEFFER: Law enforcement has been given the responsibility of protecting neighborhoods, and if issues such as jobs and health care and educational opportunities are core, fundamental drivers of crime, I would submit that we should be involved in developing solutions to those core drivers of crime. I would further say that, as we become more involved in that, and communities recognize the police and Sheriff's Office as working to come up with solutions for these core problems, the trust between law enforcement and those communities would increase.
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