The Greensboro City Council will receive a report on the Gate City Coalition (GCC) Cure Violence program at the Tuesday Dec. 7 meeting.
The GCC Cure Violence program is run by City Councilmember Yvonne Johnson as executive director of One Step Further through a contract with the City of Greensboro for about $500,000 a year.
The report on the GCC was done by the SERVE Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG).
The SERVE Center, according to the report, “is a university-based research, development, dissemination, evaluation, and technical assistance center. Its mission is to support and promote teaching and learning excellence in the K-12 education community.” The lengthy description of the SERVE Center in the report mentions no examples of other projects where the SERVE Center analyzed a crime reduction program.
The report states, “According to the September 2021 monthly report, there were 31 active participants at the time of data collection.” Those active participants were given surveys and, according to the report, 16 surveys were returned that contained enough information to be analyzed for the report.
The report states, “Overall, according to the open-ended responses provided, the most common impacts that the program had on the lives of participants included (a) personal skills and dealing with anger, (b) legal advocacy, (c) educational support, and (d) job assistance.”
The report also lists the crime data from the Greensboro Police Department for the two areas covered by the ACC Cure Violence program. The Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (MLK) corridor and Smith Homes.
According to the data in the report, in 2019, the year before the ACC Cure Violence program was initiated, there were 108 aggravated assaults in the MLK corridor. In 2020, the first year of ACC Cure Violence program, there were 119 aggravated assaults. In 2019 there were 0 murders in the MLK corridor, and in 2020 there were 2 homicides in the MLK corridor.
For Smith Homes in 2019 there were 36 aggravated assaults and in 2020 there were 17. In 2019 there were 0 homicides and in 2020 there were 0 homicides.
The full 29-page report can be viewed here: https://pub-greensboro-nc.escribemeetings.com/filestream.ashx?DocumentId=12707
That doesn’t sound like much for the money. Curious where that money ends up. This is a huge waste of money. It’s also only allocated for two neighborhoods that are primarily minorities. What about the rest of the city. We all have crime now because Council won’t fund the police department. Hey, there’s $500,000 for the Police Department. Let the professionals do it.
Police on patrol in violent areas will “cure violence”, at least to a lower level.
I can’t wait to see the financial statement. You know like, where ALL the money went, who received it, and what they did with it.
Double-entry accounting, please.
FIRST AND Foremost GET SHARON Hightower OUT OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND LET THE POLICE DO THERE JOB.
$500 K / YEAR….betting this report will be a good one!
How about this? You give me half a mil, and I’ll give you a financial report straight from Heaven.
So now after the public has been asking for over a year and the NC legislation passed a new law about nonprofits do we finally get something not from the person running the program but from a liberal think tank from UNCG. What a large horse puck. I’ve got a large bridge over the ocean in Arizona. Anyone interested
Hope there are some fact checkers listening …
Let’s tell the truth.
The depraved, the debased, the debauched, the corrupt, the violent, and the base (generally the Democratic base) have become emboldened and brazen as they have been coddled and encouraged by the Left. As they burn down private businesses, as they occupy city blocks, as they even occupy police stations…. regardless, the Left has no condemnation of them, just some pathetic bleating about “root causes”.
Criminals might be scum, but they’re not all stupid. They can recognize a green light when they see one.
No charges for theft of less than $1,000..? Great! Let’s go shoplifting.
No consequences for rioting, looting, and arson..? Great! Let’s go do it.
Kid gloves in the court system, as they appear before liberal judges…? Fantastic! Maybe I’ll be let out on $1,000 bail after trying to run over my girlfriend. You know, so I can run over a bunch of other people in a Christmas Parade – and kill them.
The criminals have been given free rein by the Left, they feel unassailable, their politics is in the ascendant (criminals are overwhelmingly Democrats), and they know that they will face no consequences…. unless there is a Kyle Rittenhouse among their intended victims.
Armed citizens are the best solution to violent criminals, not another absurdly expensive government program that just fills the pockets of those who say….. We care”.
Yeah, sure you do. You care about your own bank account.
As the old saying goes . . .”follow the money” and it will come back to the council and their cronies.
So let me understand the article. Ms johnson has 31 people in the program but only 16 returned their surveys. What happened to the other 15 they work for you and the taxpayer funded program Did you bother to find out why did they not return their surveys and what pray tell was the response Please inform the people who payed for this program. This shortcoming is on your back ms johnson
So if the 16 that returned the surveys are considered “success” that is $31,250 per person. The study still did not provide quantifiable results that show a cure for violence or a decrease in violent crime numbers. What a joke.
Cure the Violence is a synonym for “Count the Votes”, and it sure has worked well in Greensboro democratic circles. It’s high time all city residents voted most of the council out.
Careful the life they save could be your child, mother, father or you.