Prosecutor named to head efforts to reduce youth violence

CLEVELAND (AP) — A longtime federal and county prosecutor will help lead efforts to reduce youth violence in Cleveland.

Duane Deskins on Tuesday was named the city’s new chief of prevention, intervention and opportunity for youth and young adults.

Mayor Frank Jackson says Deskins will blend public and private programs to address societal issues and lacking opportunities that lead to crime and violence. reports Deskins says safety involves reducing crime and expanding opportunities for kids headed for the juvenile justice system.

Deskins previously worked to reform how cases are reviewed and youths are charged to ensure that individuals arrested in Cleveland are treated the same as those in its suburbs.

Deskins also increased enrollment in diversionary programs. Youths are also no longer kept in adult holding cells at the county jail.