City of Grand Rapids to vote on program to curb violence

GRAND RAPIDS, me. – The city of Grand Rapids is working to reduce violence and save lives in the process.

Commissioner Joe Jones has spearheaded efforts to get a program called “Cure Violence” through which has been shown to be effective in cities like Chicago, Baltimore and Philadelphia. In some areas, like Chicago, the shootings are believed to have decreased by 73% at times.

The city says its proven effectiveness led them to the program, especially after the historically violent year 2020. 38 murders were recorded, up a 92% increase from 2019 to 2020.

“This is largely a community initiative. This is not just a City Hall thing. This is really an all-hands-on-deck approach,” said Commissioner Joe Jones, who believes the program will later be passed with unanimous support Month. “It is rich in evidence. It has shown really good results in different parts of the country.”

The program would focus on areas of the city where most of the violence occurs. People known as “troublemakers” would become part of these communities to prevent violence and build relationships with those who might choose a violent route.

“These are individuals of and in the community in which they would serve. They have legitimate relationships. They have credibility and they have lived experience that will help mediate in situations that are very, very intense and intense.” Bring about peace. ” usually lead to more violence, “said Commissioner Jones.

The program costs approximately $ 700,000 per year. The city hopes to sign a contract with Cure Violence for at least three years and then extend the schedule after that.

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