Clinton, citing CIRV: Cut Murders By Half
In a speech today in Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton said if elected, she'll set a goal to cut homicides in half across the country. To do this, she'll build "partnerships between these cities and the Department of Justice."
In a news release that lists how she'd do this, Clinton mentioned Cincinnati and Chicago as cities who've copied the 1990s Boston program that reduced homicides among young men. She said she'd start something called a Gang Violence Reduction Grant.
Cincinnati's version of that program is called CIRV, the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence. It calls felony offenders on parole and probation into meetings with law enforcement, social service agencies and relatives of murder victims to ty to impress upon the offenders that their behavior has to stop for them and for the broader community - and if it doesn't, police will be on them and their cohorts like white on rice.
Officials involved in the program, which started last summer, are careful to say it's too soon to say too much about its success. But they're pleased with the results so far, and homicides stand at 12 so far this year, compared to 22 at this time last year.
Click here to see what the University of Cincinnati's public relations office issued about CIRV this week.