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Title Summary
Benefits of Recreational Programming on Juvenile Crime Reduction: A Review of Literature and Data

“Data from as early as 1945 indicates juvenile crime is committed more often on weekdays during after-school hours rather than weekends.”

This article considers how positioning parks and recreation departments as leaders in the youth development field, can provide a safe and supervised environment for children and young people.

Safe Summer Parks Programs Reduce Violence and Improve Health in Los Angeles County

The report provides information about The Safe Summer Parks programs. Programs like Parks After Dark were initially developed as violence prevention strategies, but also have the potential to improve physical activity, as well as social cohesion.

This article also discusses Physical and Mental Benefits, What Works, Park Access in California, and Seeing Parks in a New Way.

Community Safety: A Building Block for Healthy Communities

This paper highlights the strategies communities have prioritized to make safer communities a reality. It reflects the communities’ collective wisdom about what they need and how to get there.

This paper also discusses What Works and Park Access in California.