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Justice Department Awards $100 Million  to Reduce Community Violence

☷Justice Department Awards $100 Million to Reduce Community Violence

U.S. Department of Justice
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   The Department of Justice announced today grant awards totaling $100 million to help communities across the U . S . reduce gun crime and other serious violence . The announcement was made during a visit by Department officials to Baltimore , Maryland , home to three community - based organizations receiving funding under the Department’s Office of Justice Programs ( OJP ) Community Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative . OJP Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Amy L . Solomon announced the awards during a roundtable meeting with Baltimore yo......uth hosted by Roca Inc . , one of three organizations in the city receiving funding . The grants are jointly administered by OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance , Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and Office for Victims of Crime . OJP’s National Institute of Justice will also support evaluations of projects funded under this initiative , contributing to the growing body of evidence regarding the effectiveness of violence intervention strategies . “The grants announced today , which will go directly to supporting community violence intervention efforts , are an important part of our strategy to leverage the full force of the Department – including all 94 U . S . Attorney ' s offices , our law enforcement agencies , and grant - making components – to combat violent crime and keep communities safe , ” said Attorney General Merrick B . Garland . The Black Mental Health Alliance for Education and Consultation Inc . , and the Living Classrooms Foundation , Inc . , also received grants . BJA Director Karhlton F . Moore and Baltimore Deputy Mayor Anthony Barksdale joined in the announcement , as did Kurt Palermo , Executive Vice President of Maryland Roca; Cheryl Riviere , Program Director of Living Classrooms Foundation; and Andrea Brown , Executive Director of Black Mental Health Alliance Education and Consultation Inc . Kunle Adeyemo , Executive Director of the Governor ' s Office of Crime Prevention , Youth , and Victim Services , also joined the event . The roundtable was facilitated by Eddie Bocanegra , a veteran of Chicago’s community violence intervention movement and now the Senior Advisor for Community Violence Intervention at OJP . Based on a Bureau of Justice Statistics analysis of data from the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Reports , of the more than 21 , 500 murders known to law enforcement in 2020 , more than half—56%—of the victims were between the ages of 15 and 34 . Research has shown that social factors such as income inequality , the level of trust in institutions and a lack of economic opportunities are associated with firearm - related homicide rates . Evidence also shows that fear and the desire for physical safety , more than any criminal inclination , drive young people to carry and use firearms in the most violence - torn sections of our cities . Community violence interventions are grounded in research and have shown a promising track record of curbing gun traffic , reducing shootings , and saving lives . The awards announced today , funded in part through the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act , mark a historic investment in community violence intervention programs from the Department of Justice . “For too long , we have undervalued the wealth of resources available through community organizations and those with lived experience , ” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney Solomon . “We know there ' s a better way , one that builds on what we have learned about violence and its causes . If we hope to achieve sustainable reductions in violence , we must embrace our community assets as a central ingredient in violence reduction strategies . ”The resources made available under the Community Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative will develop and expand the infrastructure needed to build community safety and strengthen neighborhoods . They will support holistic , cross - agency collaborations , seed new efforts , and fund expansion plans in both community - based organizations and local government agencies , provide funding and assistance through intermediaries to build the capacity of smaller organizations , offer technical aid to jurisdictions that do not receive federal funding and invest in research and evaluation to better understand what works to reduce violence . Awards are made to the following organizations and agencies:Acenda Inc . $1 , 500 , 000Black Mental Health Alliance for Education & Consultation Inc . $1 , 497 , 989Connie Rice Institute for Urban Peace $1 , 500 , 000Community Network Services Inc . $1 , 450 , 800Centro C . H . A . Inc . $1 , 500 , 000New Kensington Community Development Corporation $1 , 500 , 051Nonviolent Peaceforce $1 , 500 , 000Reclamation & Restoration Ministries $1 , 498 , 637County of Buncombe $1 , 496 , 756County of Dekalb $1 , 500 , 000County of Leon $1 , 495 , 663City of Tampa $1 , 500 , 000County of Alameda $1 , 500 , 000City of Syracuse $1 , 484 , 887County of Contra Costa $1 , 500 , 000City of Flint $1 , 500 , 000Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office $1 , 500 , 000Building Opportunities for Self - Sufficiency $ 641 , 050Metropolitan Family Services $2 , 000 , 000Newark Community Street Team Inc . $2 , 000 , 000The Osborne Association Inc . $2 , 000 , 000Prevention Education Inc . $1 , 564 , 024Roca , Inc . $1 , 998 , 807Circle of Brotherhood $2 , 000 , 000Alliance of Concerned Men $2 , 000 , 000Children and Youth Justice Center $2 , 000 , 000Exodus Transitional Community Inc . $2 , 000 , 000Getting Out & Staying Out Inc . $2 , 000 , 000HMH Hospitals Corporation $1 , 999 , 403Taller Salud Inc . $2 , 000 , 000The Living Classrooms Foundation , Inc . $1 , 950 , 000The North Carolina Youth Violence Prevention Center $2 , 000 , 000City of Baton Rouge $2 , 000 , 000City of Tucson $2 , 000 , 000City of Cleveland $1 , 994 , 908County of Fulton $2 , 000 , 000City of Greensboro $2 , 000 , 000City of Hartford $1 , 999 , 567City of Jacksonville $2 , 000 , 000City of Kansas City , Missouri $2 , 000 , 000City of Omaha $1 , 890 , 251City of Rapid City $2 , 000 , 000City of Richmond $1 , 966 , 278City of Los Angeles $2 , 000 , 000County of Salt Lake $2 , 000 , 000County of Harris $1 , 999 , 715Local Initiatives Support Corporation $2 , 000 , 000Metropolitan Family Services $2 , 000 , 000Latino Coalition for Community Leadership $2 , 000 , 000The Community Based Public Safety Collective $3 , 029 , 009Training and Technical Assistance Awards:Local Initiatives Support Corporation $1 , 750 , 000Travelers & Immigrants Aid’s Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights $1 , 750 , 000The awards announced above are being made as part of the regular end - of - fiscal year cycle . For more information about grants under the Community Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative , and for information about other OJP grant awards , please visit the OJP Grant Awards Page . The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership , grants , training , technical assistance and other resources to improve the nation’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime , advance racial equity in the administration of justice , assist victims and enhance the rule of law . More information about OJP and its components can be found at www . ojp . gov .


30 September 2022 ( September 30 2022 )



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