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Policy Walking: Lighting Paths to Safer Communities, Stronger Families & Thriving Youth by author, speaker, and policy advocate John A. Calhoun is the moving culmination of a lifelong career spent restoring fragile communities, pulling youth back from the edge, supporting vulnerable children and their families, and helping build communities that don’t produce crime. Heartwarming and inspiring, Policy Walking weaves the wisdom of years on the path with stories and profiles of compelling courageous, and memorable "walkers" met along the way. Calhoun not only chronicles his own "policy walk," but also highlights the pressing policy issues confronting communities today and the dedicated individuals who walk with those policies in communities all across the country. With insights into leadership and key lessons learned, Calhoun shares human stories of the creative preventative programs and approaches that strengthen communities, families, and youth. A must-read for social science, criminal justice, and theology students, those in the midst of this important work at all levels will see themselves in the pages and raw emotion of this both timely and timeless book. This practical guide will leave readers inspired, motivated, and encouraged to start their walk, stay on the path, and follow the guiding light of this illuminating collection of hope and transformation. TABLE OF CONTENTS Preface - Do We Know What Sets Us On Our Path? Introduction - Why I Wrote this Book Chapter 1 - “Hey, Loved One” Chapter 2 - Nurse-Family Partnership: Changing Futures Two at a Time Chapter 3 - From Trauma to Triumph: Becoming a Man and Working on Womanhood Chapter 4 - The Overlooked Partner: Youth as Resources Chapter 5 - Aiming Policy at Reducing Gun Violence: It Starts Closest to the Pain Chapter 6 - Skills + Service + Leadership + Love = YouthBuild’s Stunning Success Chapter 7 - Community Renewal: Changing Norms & Building Resilient Communities Chapter 8 - Faith in Action Chapter 9 - Community Trust and the “New” Policing Chapter 10 - Welcome Home? The Challenges of Jail to Job Chapter 11 - Comprehensive Strategies: All are Affected, All Must Play a Part Chapter 12 - Do We Really Know the Children? The Case for Data Sharing Chapter 13 - Restorer of the Streets: 8 Lessons from My Policy Walk Chapter 14 - Leadership Chapter 15 - Engaging the Philanthropic and Business Communities as Partners Chapter 16 - Glossary of the Walk: The Words that Keep Us on the Path Chapter 17 - Pain Must Not Be Wasted Acknowledgements 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.