Judge says jails, courts not enough to deter youths from a life of drugs, violence
Judge Marsha Slough relayed that message to community members, law enforcement officials and educators in attendance at West End chapter of the Gangs and Drugs Task Force's quarterly meeting on Monday at Chaffey High School.
And while the courts can only do so much, Slough said parents and the community need to intervene.
"They need the chemistry of the heart and connection of other people, that's the difference between our kids making healthy, safe decisions versus walking the wrong path," she said.
In order to avoid a life of gangs, drugs or violence, Slough said children need seven positive connections with adults.
"You will be one of those seven people that stand up. Your presence here today tells me you care a lot, you care about your community." she said. "We need people who care because we can't do it on our own."