Mo Discusses The Hug-A-Thug Program: Can A Cop Redeem A Criminal?
Can a program that takes drug dealers off the street and instead of sending them to jail assigns them a mentor, be a good start to helping black men and eventually change our community?
In 2011, U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles, introduced a program, Project STAND (Stop and Take A New Direction), to combat drug crimes in the area of North Charleston, South Carolina. STAND is an intervention program aimed at low level narcotics dealers with little or no prior criminal history. Instead of sending them to jail, they go a step further and help them change their lives for the better. The program was featured on NBC Dateline where they highlighted eight (8)
black men who were offered another chance. They were required to get a job, get their GED, attend Father to Father classes, and serve their communities.
The conversation was both riveting and revealing as many former drug dealers called in to share their thoughts.