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Warren addresses youth empowerment

Christopher Warren, an Albany attorney running for the position of Dougherty State Court judge, spoke on the subject of youth empowerment to the 100 Black Men of Albany. Warren, along with the organization, are co-sponsoring a youth empowerment summit set for Saturday.

Christopher Warren, an Albany attorney running for the position of Dougherty State Court judge, spoke on the subject of youth empowerment to the 100 Black Men of Albany. Warren, along with the organization, are co-sponsoring a youth empowerment summit set for Saturday.

ALBANY, Ga. -- A candidate for Dougherty County State Court judge on Monday addressed the 100 Black Men of Albany on what he considers to be a critical issue in the community -- youth empowerment.

Christopher Warren, an Albany attorney, is running to succeed outgoing Dougherty State Court Judge John Salter. He is up for the seat against Dougherty Magistrate Court Judge Victoria Darrisaw in the July 31 Democratic Party primary. There's no Republican candidates for the post.

The concept of youth empowerment is something Warren said he feels strongly about, having been raised as a disadvantaged youth himself.

"I opened my campaign way back in March with the ominous admonition that, 'We are in a state of emergency.' I was talking about that state of our young people in Dougherty County," he said in his address to the group at Phoebe Northwest on Monday. "Since that time, we have seen firsthand examples of that -- the incidences of violence around the Easter cookout, the interruption of the Fourth of July celebration, the fact that 21-25 black youth are arrested every week, the revelation from the school board that only 36 percent of black males graduate from high school.

"That means that out of every 10 black males, almost seven won't graduate."

In his remarks, Warren stated that pre-trial intervention programs and alternative sentencing programs could be utilized, but that such tools are only useful after someone has started down the road of criminality -- and that a position such as State Court judge could have influence on the overall solution.

"Because of the unique position of State Court handling low-level criminal offenses, we can address the issues of criminality amongst our young men before they become broken men and become saddled with the label of convicted felon," he said.

Warren is co-sponsoring, along with 100 Black Men of Albany, the first Parents for Change "4GIVEN" Youth Empowerment Summit set for Saturday at the ACAD Building on the campus of Albany State University.

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billybob 2 years ago

Youth Empowerment is such a non-specific, general term. What does he mean by it? Empwer them to do what? I think the problem in Albany is that the youth already feel empowered to do whatever the heck they want to including assault, robbery, and theft. How about a little anti-Youth Empowerment?

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Cartman 2 years ago

Someone has to turn around Albany's youth. At least Chris is making an effort. I applaud him for that.

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Sally_O 2 years ago

Good that Warren wants to help these young criminals, but some people you just can't change. Can you teach a dog how to fly? Can you teach a tree to get up and walk away?

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Sister_Ruby 2 years ago

I ain't voting for anybody that works for that ambulance chaser piece of trash Ken Nugent. That tells me everything I need to know about Mr. Warren. I do wholeheartedly agree with your efforts to help the Young Black Mens of Albany GA but you can continue to do that on your free time. That sentiment (which is all you have talked about in two articles) certainly doesn't qualify you for the job.

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sds66 2 years ago

Sister_Ruby,

Mr. Warren has a vast wealth of experience practicing law. He's not coming from one angle. If you would take the time to hear his platform and not just from the skewed view of the media then you would have a different perspective. He's employed as an attorney representing those who needs a voice of reasoning and knows the law to against the big companies who consistently rape and deprive the less fortunate. Ken Nugent is an employer as state government and federal but we don't always agree with the government and its practices. You should vote for someone who has an interest in changing the behavior and mind set of those who plague your community.

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