This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal on December 5, 2017.
The path toward a life of crime often starts with youngsters whose families are being torn apart by addiction, violence and parental incarceration, according to District Attorney Raúl Torrez. So he’s working with United Way of Central New Mexico as it launches a new initiative to coordinate and increase funding for programs that target such families in hopes of nipping crime in its infancy.
The initiative, called Mission: Families, will be funded in part with United Way’s “unrestricted funds” – those received from donors who do not specify which United Way-affiliated nonprofit they want to receive their donation. Last year, that amounted to nearly $4 million. United Way also will explore grants to help fund the effort. Read Full Editorial.