Grant awarded to help prevent violent crime in Jackson

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The City of Jackson has been awarded a $150.000 dollar grant to fight violent crime in the city.

The grant was awarded by fwd.com, a bipartisan organization dedicated to moving America forward by helping people reach their full potential through criminal justice and immigration reform.

Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said Jackson will partnership with the People’s Advocacy Institute to develop pilot programs such as Credible Messenger Mentoring and Violence Interrupter Training to stop crime before it happens.

People’s Advocacy Institute founder, Rukia Lumumba says that the Credible Messenger program will “move people from participating in criminal activities to actually be the ones who are moving us toward sustainable, generative community development.”

City leaders say efforts will be made to connect Jackson’s youth with trained returning citizens who will be able to provide peer support and guidance. 

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