by Youth ALIVE! | 4.25.19
It is a top priority to advocate for the Legislature to increase and strengthen California’s investment in programs that work to interrupt cycles of community violence, injury, trauma, and retaliation. Other states, especially New York and Massachusetts, have achieved remarkable reductions in violence by both strengthening their gun safety laws and committing significant ongoing funding to effectively targeted violence prevention grant programs in their communities. The CalVIP grant program, administered by the Board for State and Community Corrections (BSCC), provides competitive grants to cities and nonprofit organizations in California that implement effective violence reduction initiatives, and is California’s only dedicated source of state funding for these initiatives.
AB 1603 would establish the California Violence Intervention and Prevention (CalVIP) grant program in statute for the first time, and would help guarantee that these funds are used as justly and effectively as possible by ensuring that resources are targeted on the most impactful programs in communities with the greatest need.
Written by Youth ALIVE!
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