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Philadelphia Receives $1.5 Million OJJDP Grant To Reduce Youth Violence

September 19, 2012

On September 19, 2012, OJJDP Acting Administrator Melodee Hanes announced a $1.5 million Community-Based Violence Prevention award to the city of Philadelphia. "Youth violence is not inevitable," said Hanes. "Among other activities, this funding will allow Philadelphia to expand its CeaseFire program and continue to change the culture of violence—by mobilizing communities, educating the public, and reaching out to youth—with the help of the city’s leadership and law enforcement personnel."

Philadelphia is one of four cities that will receive a 2012 Community-Based Violence Prevention grant. Under the program, recipients replicate proven strategies that target the high-risk activities and behaviors of a small number of carefully selected members of the community who are likely to be involved in violent activities, specifically gang and gun violence.

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In August, OJJDP announced that Detroit would receive a Community-Based Violence Prevention grant.