Jackson mayor proposes spending $1.5M in federal funds to reduce gun violence

Jackson mayor proposes spending $1.5M in federal funds to reduce gun violence

City Hall in downtown Jackson. (J. Scott Park | MLive.com) J. Scott Park JACKSON, MI – City of Jackson Mayor Derek Dobies is proposing to commit $1.5 million dollars in federal funding towards increased policing, and community violence intervention programming to reduce gun violence in the city of Jackson. This announcement comes as the city council prepares to vote on a contract at their Tuesday, Aug. 17 meeting, with the National Network for Safe Communities (NNSC) to implement a Group Violence Intervention (GVI) strategy. “People are understandably frustrated and scared with the recent gun violence in our city,” Dobies said in a statement. “The violence is exacerbated by the hardship many face during the pandemic. We must prioritize funding evidence-based programming to target the small number of at-risk individuals composing an overwhelming majority of the gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and families safe.” The proposal includes entering into a two-year contract with Safe Communities at John Jay College to fund anti-gun violence programming to deter at-risk individuals from engaging in violent activity and reduce gun violence. NNSC previously partnered with the city in 2019 to conduct a problem analysis of violence and its related dynamics, with a $20,000 grant from the Jackson Community Foundation’s Community Needs Endowment Fund. The analysis confirmed that NNSC’s services could be useful in helping the city change the system of how it interacts with groups that comprise the majority of the violence in the city, officials said. The model is based on a […]

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