The North Carolina Task Force on Racial Equity in Criminal Justice and the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners are sponsoring technical assistance sessions to provide assistance on three American Rescue Plan funding solutions that address both criminal justice reform and COVID-19 related mitigation and behavioral health needs.
This session will focus on using American Rescue Plan funding to support violence prevention programs. Expert panelists will detail the success of current programs in North Carolina, and outline how American Rescue Plan funding can support violence prevention programs.
In December 2020, The North Carolina Governor’s Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice (TREC) issued a report with 125 recommendations aimed at making our state’s criminal justice system fairer, safer, and more effective for all North Carolinians. TREC continues to work with stakeholders like the NCACC to implement these recommendations. Each week, TREC will highlight a recommendation that local government leaders can implement to improve public safety in their communities.
While violent crime makes up a small part of our criminal justice system, it has an outsized impact on community well-being. The criminal justice system cannot solve these challenges alone. As such, part of promoting public safety requires solutions outside of the criminal justice system. Violence prevention programs, such as Bull City United in Durham, include community- and hospital-based programs that approach violence as a public health problem and provide solutions including mediation, mentoring, job training, and counseling. These programs offer an approach focusing on preventing violent crime before it happens.
If you have questions about violence prevention programs, please email [email protected].