(WORT)–Madison community leaders and elected officials are proposing a series of initiatives they hope will prevent gun violence, particularly among youth, in the future.
Madison Alders Maurice Cheeks and Matthew Phair announced Tuesday their recommendations, together with a report on “evidence-based best practices” that they developed over the last year.
Phair spoke with WORT’s Darien Lamen about the proposals.
1.Expanding Madison’s youth employment initiative by 115 students
2.Implementing a “Madison Peace Project,” in which youth would submit their own proposals for curbing violence for consideration to the city
3.Fully funding “Communities Against Violence,” a joint initiative of Madison Police Department and non-profits
4.Funding youth mentoring programs
5.Creating a taskforce to support and implement the Dane County Criminal Justice Workgroup’s recommendation for a “crisis restoration center” that diverts youth from the criminal justice system
6.Expediting the joint city and schools’ “MOST” initiative to provide high-quality after-school programming