EBR receives $1.5M federal grant for BRAVE project
Baton Rouge- Baton Rouge Mayor-President Melvin "Kip" Holden has announced that the city-parish has been awarded a $1.5-million federal grant for the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) Project.
The grant will implement group violence reduction strategies that target juvenile offenders over a three-year period.
The grant will provide up to $500,000 per year for the following activities:
• Violent crime research and data analysis tools from LSU to help identify criminal suspects and groups that should be targeted by the BRAVE project
• Caseworkers and resources to provide substance abuse, mentoring, and job training to 25 youths each year who choose to leave crime behind through the BRAVE project
• Support staff for BRAVE Director Anny to maintain grant records, and conduct media and community outreach.
BRAVE is targeting known violent and drug-trade offenders in criminal hotspots, beginning with zip code 70805 in North Baton Rouge.
Project BRAVE has been designed to reduce and eliminate violent crime committed by 190 juveniles in zip code 70805, a small criminal "hot spot" that has 13.5 percent of Baton Rouge's population, but accounts for 25 percent of the city's total police calls, 30 percent of its homicides, and 40 percent of its gun assaults.
Mayor Holden said that the BRAVE project is utilizing the same GVRS that has been successfully used by Operation Ceasefire programs in cities like Boston and Los Angeles.