Justice Department Targets Youth and Gang Violence

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The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a new campaign to prevent youth and gang violence.  The project, called the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, is supported by the White House and multiple agencies, including Education, Labor, HUD, and the CDC.

Teams from Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, San Jose and Salinas, CA are looking for innovative and data-driven strategies to fight crime and improve opportunities for young people.  They’ll present their plans at a Youth Violence Summit next spring, then share their findings with other cities.

The National League of Cities supports the effort, but is urging the feds to look at how crime prevention programs are funded, to give local governments more flexibility.

Read the full DOJ News Release for more info

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