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June 21, 2013

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Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins delivered a powerful address to attendees of the recent Mothers for Justice and Equality Father’s Day Empowerment Breakfast. Mothers for Justice and Equality is an organization comprised of mothers that seek to “end neighborhood violence” through grassroots and community activism.

Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins recently attended the "Father’s Day Empowerment Breakfast" sponsored by the organization, Mothers for Justice and Equality.

Mothers for Justice and Equality is a group comprised of mothers that seek to "end neighborhood violence" through grassroots and community activism.

Sheriff Tompkins spoke about his connection to many of the people in the care, custody and control of the Sheriff’s Department and about the importance of providing rehabilitative services to inmates, as well as the role of the Sheriff’s Department in offering opportunities for advancement for those who desire to change.

"We have a lot of young and older black and brown males that are going through the Department of Youth Services and our facilities, and I have an affinity with them – not just skin color," said Sheriff Tompkins. "I grew up in the projects, in Manhattan, in a single–parent home with a mother who was on public assistance for a little bit. She also battled alcohol addiction for a short while. So, I get how tough it is out there. We have to really take advantage of the opportunities that come our way, or we have to create our own opportunities."

Speaking as a father of two, Sheriff Tompkins also discussed the significance of taking preventative measures to ensure that kids have their fathers around to give them the support that they need.

"One of the worst things that I see every day is young ladies, bringing their babies and their young kids to jail to see dad in a jumpsuit," said Sheriff Tompkins. "Dads need to be in the park playing ball with their kids, going to the movies with their kids and taking their kids out for ice cream; not sitting in an incarceration facility."

Mothers for Justice and Equality (MJE) was founded in the fall of 2010 in response to the murders of young people in the City of Boston. A group of women, each of whom had suffered losses of children to violence, came together with the vision of a world in which it is never normal or acceptable for children to be murdered. MJE’s purpose is to unite the community in an effort to end neighborhood violence by engaging mothers in solving the crisis of violence on our streets. Like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, MJE believes that, if given the right tools, mothers can become catalysts for change at home and advocates for change in their neighborhoods.

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