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Policy Walking: Lighting Paths to Safer Communities, Stronger Families, & Thriving Youth Paperback – May 26, 2016
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Early Praise for Policy Walking
"WARNING LABEL: Read this book advisedly, as you will be inspired, motivated, encouraged and indeed compelled to go and do likewise. It is a life changer and you will be impacted! You have been warned!"
Board President, National Crime Prevention Council,
Counselor to Public Officials at all Levels of Government
"Policy Walking should be required reading for every Social Science, Criminal Justice and Theology major in every college, university and seminary in the country. Jack Calhoun gets it right...really right!"
Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Policy and Management,
US Department of Justice
"Jack breathes life into the normally dry terrains of policy analysis and evaluation research, weaving captivating narratives that blend the voices of social entrepreneurs and the people they seek to help while lifting our sights and illuminating the path forward."
Clifford M. Johnson
Executive Director, Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
National League of Cities
"Inspired by his father's common refrain, 'What are you going to do about it?' and Jack's own deep inner sense of compassion and justice, Policy Walking provides a beautifully written, fresh and compelling look at how to shape lasting community building policies.... This book tugs at your heartstrings, inspiring us all to do more.... Whether we are concerned with the culture of policing or child welfare or justice reform, Jack reminds us that, together, we will walk this path to a more just world."
President and CEO
Council on Foundations
"He brings the vitality of practice, hope and a sense of compassion, offering a heartfelt corrective to the dispassionate neutrality of scholarly prose on 'what works' or is 'promising' to help youth in adverse circumstances find their way safely and productively into adulthood."
Joan Serra Hoffman
Inter-American Coalition for the Prevention of Violence
"Human stories of violence prevention game changers in this book inspire and give hope."
Professor and Author of
Smarter Crime Control: A Guide to Safer Futures for Citizens, Communities and Politicians
Former Secretary General International Centre for the Prevention of Crime
"He doesn't shy away from the grim statistics or the grit of the work, and, at the same time, he lifts up the people and policies that make change possible. The author takes us through the inspiring actions of others - policy walkers - to reflect not only what is going on in communities across the country but also what change is possible."
Rachel A. Davis
"As Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services in the mid-1970s, Jack was at the forefront of a revolution in the treatment of juvenile offenders. Skillfully navigating volatile terrain, Jack proved to the nation that a state's most troubled youth could be treated in a wide variety of rigorous, highly accountable community-based programs with only minimal reliance on secure settings."
Michael J. Widmer
Former Deputy Chief of Staff to
Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis
"Jack acknowledges the difficult work we do, the obstacles we face, the lives that are lost, but, at the same time, he connects us, telling us how to lead to get the work done. He gives us hope that, even against adversity, together we can make a difference."
Director, California Cities Violence Prevention Network
Former Mayor, Santa Rosa, CA
"Your passion, personal story, and professional experiences are influencing a generation."
Tracy M. Colunga
Director, National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention
Long Beach, CA Site
About the Author
Jack Calhoun has been on his policy walk for more than 50 years working at every level from tough street corners to an appointment as Chief Kid for the Country” as President Carter’s Commissioner of the U.S. Administration for Children, Youth and Families - to help light the paths to safer communities, stronger families and thriving youth. As the founder and president of the National Crime Prevention Council, Jack helped to redefine crime prevention from a focus on protection and detention to a mindset of hope: preventing crime, engaging youth and enhancing quality of life by building vital communities that don’t produce crime. An innovator and leader first inspired by the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jack has launched several programs that have changed the face and the policies of prevention, intervention, support of youth and families, and rehabilitation of offenders. From creating the Office of Domestic Violence Prevention and the Office for Families on the federal level to creating pre-trial diversion programs and victim/victimizer reconciliation initiatives, he has touched the lives and moved the hearts of many along his path. His pioneering work helped to firmly established the faith community as a partner in crime prevention and community building activities through FASTEN, The Faith and Service Technical Education Network. As Commissioner of the Department of Youth Services in Massachusetts, he demonstrated to the state and the nation that most juvenile offenders could be successfully rehabilitated in a wide variety of highly accountable community-based settings. Jack ran the McGruff the Crime Dog® Take a Bite Out of Crime®” campaign for 20 years, building it into one of the most successful public service advertising campaigns in American history. While serving as the Senior Consultant to the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families, Jack founded and directed the California Cities Violence Prevention Network. The groundbreaking initiative brought comprehensive strategies the blending of prevention, intervention, enforcement and reentry into a single, citywide plan - to a new level. The Network became the template for the U.S. Justice Department’s 15-city National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. Jack currently serves as Senior Consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice for the National Forum. Jack was a moderator for the Aspen Institute Executive Seminar Program for more than a decade and has lectured at universities across the country, including Harvard, Fordham, Penn, Baylor and more. He continues to be a sought-after moderator and keynote speaker. Jack is the author of two previous books, numerous articles, nationally published editorials, and tool kits designed for his fellow policy walkers. Married for more than 40 years to his wife Ottilia, Jack is a proud father of two and smitten grandfather of four. He enjoys gardening, travel, tennis, photography, and is a piano player best enjoyed by people with impaired hearing. Jack resides in the National Capital Area.
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