HAMILTON >> At the Oath of Office ceremony for Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri, he dropped a startling statistic that should make every parent living in an urban city angry.
“In the suburbs, for every child there are 17 books in the home, but in the inner cities, there’s one book per 100 kids,” Onofri said. “That’s something that needs to change.”
Onofri said he learned that statistic after a recent meeting with award-winning author Lisa Funari-Willever, a former elementary school teacher who’s written several books for children. As one of his initiatives to help reduce crime and increase opportunities for young people in the capital city, Onofri said his office is committed to working with Project READ and the Nikki Fifth Foundation to ensure inner city youth have access to books.
“When the leading cause of death among urban males between the ages of 18 and 25 is homicide, we have a serious problem,” Onofri said. “We have to reach young people early. We have to go into the elementary, middle and high schools. We have to spread the message that senseless violence is just that: senseless.”
Onofri was officially sworn-in as Mercer County’s top cop Thursday at Steinert High School, from where he graduated. Onofri said, in many ways, his career in public service began at Steinert after he missed school one day and was given an assignment to research Congressman Chris Smith and current issues facing New Jerseyans.
“That assignment led to a visit to Chris’ district office, an internship, a position in…
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