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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJRT) -

(03/05/14) - More than 100,000 people between the ages of 10 and 17 are arrested in the United States every year, but one local lawmaker is trying to lower those numbers in Michigan.

Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI) recently introduced legislation that he hopes can reduce violence among youth, and, in turn, lower the crime rate and create a stronger, healthier economy for Flint and the surrounding communities.

Kildee's legislation is three parts. The first, would offer federal support for local law enforcement, by providing additional funds and man power. Kildee says that will help get violent offenders off the streets.

Another piece of legislation would award federal grants to local areas to ensure that young adults have the opportunity for summer employment – giving working-age kids responsibilities, and the chance to learn new skills.

The third piece provides after-school opportunities for kids. Kildee says this part is particularly important for kids who have nowhere else to go when the school day ends.

"There are kids who make decisions every day about the direction their lives will take," Kildee said. "What we want to do is make sure those kids who could go either way have a positive choice in front of them and not just the negative choices that too often lead them down the wrong path."

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