Question Two:

The Community Based Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative (CVIPI) seeks to prevent and reduce violent crime in communities by supporting comprehensive, evidence-based violence intervention and prevention programs based on partnerships among community residents, local government agencies, victim service providers, community-based organizations, law enforcement, hospitals, researchers, and other community stakeholders. City leaders are interested in your experience in working with this initiative or initiatives with similar expectations or outcomes, specifically including your experience in urban communities if applicable. Please include your evaluation of the success of those programs and your ideas regarding improving them.

Candidate A Answer: 

I have not worked with The Community Based Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative (CVIP) but over the years I have worked with numerous community agencies to prevent and reduce violent crimes in the community. I recognized early on that violent crime can numerous contributing factors such as substance abuse, mental health, physical health, economics, the inability to re-integrate back into society and a host of other factors. The following are groups that I was part of and partnered with to help not only help reduce violent crime but also help heal communities:

[Redacted] Mental Health [-], which is now [-] Health [-] where I served as the board [-]. I am the Chairperson for the Committee and I also sit on the [-]. [-] manages and provides integrated mental health and Substance abuse treatment for the [-] operates with a budget of approximately $[-],000,000. While working with [-] I had my officers trained in (CIT) Critical Incident Training as it pretained to dealing with the mentally ill and substance abuse. It is well known that over 50% of individuals housed in our jails suffer from mental illness and substance abuse addition if not both. We recognize that these issues in numerous situations are contributing factors in violent crime behavior. Our department even started a [-] program partnership with [-] to assist our agency with psychiatric emergencies within the city of [-].The program allows [-] Police to contact the [-] hotline when officers respond to those types of calls. A Mobile Crisis Team (MCT) of [-] can be dispatched to access the situation The MCT then could triage the needs of the patient who are experiencing a "behavioral health crisis" and make appropriate assessment. This program is geared to solving the person's issues though treatment instead of incarceration. After starting the program was saw a reduction in calls for service to certain addresses by up 30%.

[-], I am a board member for the organization [-]. [-] is a long- term program setup in several [-] prisons that engage in a long-term training program. This program, which consists of mediation and conflict resolution, is taught to inmates. Participants in the program become trainers to the other inmates. This program helps prepare inmates for the day they are released. The skills that they learn greatly help them readjust to outside life. Through [-] released inmates are welcomed back into society, given [-], temporary housing and additional training and support. The prisons that offer [-] see significant drops in violent incidents among inmates. It is highly important to re-integrate our brothers and sisters returning back to society from incarceration. We want to make sure that they are given the best possible chance to succeed and not be drawn back to a life of crime.

A few other areas programs and partnerships I was involved were:

The [-], I am a [-] for The [-] which focuses on the intersections of criminal justice transformation and poverty. I lent my voice, profession and experiences to bring awareness to this issue. Poverty plays a role in many elements of crime and must not be overlooked.

Policing [-]: a [-] series [-] that will focus on Police Transformation, Criminal Justice Reform and Poverty,

Member, [-] Council, I am an appointed council member by the Governor [-]. The work of the [-] Council was very important. It tackled the issue of sentencing and how fines were distributed which resulted in changes made to the fine structure [-]. Most people do not have any idea how burdensome fines can be especially if you are just being released from prison without a job or a very low paying job.

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