Jackson mayor announces initiatives to combat crime, considers extending curfew

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – After three more homicides in the City of Jackson this weekend, Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba unveiled new initiatives he hopes will help combat crime.

The mayor announced the city was awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant to address health, equity and climate change. He also announced an initiative to advance racial justice through art.

Lumumba said the city is trying to create projects to combat crime, but there are issues that need to be addressed.

“When it comes to how the judicial process is not cycling as it should, when it comes to interrupting the cycle of violence that takes place, I certainly have a roll, and I accept my responsibility, but I am cognizant of the fact that I cannot do that alone,” he stated.

When it comes to the surge in crime at the beginning of 2021, Lumumba said he and Chief James Davis have a strategic plan in place to combat crime.

The City of Jackson’s youth curfew is set to expire on Tuesday, February 9. The mayor said there is a possibility that the curfew will be extended.

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