From: Subject: Date: April 21, 2005 3:53:51 PM CDT Hankblog

Sunday, May 23, 2004

Where's the compassion? Especially when there are results to be had.

This one comes from Rivka at the curiously named blog Respectful to Otters by way of Kevin at Washington Monthly. What's a way to reduce crime, reduce the number of teenage pregnancies, all without promoting sex ed in schools, or giving out birth control?

The answer: nurses.

Results of the Nurse-Family Partnership are eye-opening, Shannon said.

Research tracked 400 low-income, unmarried women in Chemung County 13 years after they left the program. The results were compared to counterparts in a control group. Among the findings:

- 79 percent fewer cases of child abuse and neglect among the families who went through the program compared to the control group.

- 33 percent fewer subsequent pregnancies.

- 54 percent fewer arrests among 15-year-olds.

- 69 percent fewer convictions and probation violations among 15-year-olds.

- 58 percent fewer sexual partners among 15-year-olds.

Read the whole story. It's some really fascinating info, and outstanding results. Why the hell politicians of any ideological stripe won't get behind this is beyond me.