Help to reduce gun violence in Philadelphia, starting Wednesday

Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., will lead “Building a Philadelphia Public Safety Agenda,” a public safety roundtable Wednesday and Thursday, December 19th and 20th at Saint Joseph’s University’s Richard Johnson Center for Anti-Violence, and in partnership with the GunCrisis Reporting Project.

Philadelphia City Councilmen, from left, Bill Greenlee, Curtis Jones and Kenyatta Johnson speak with the press at the #GunCrisis roundtable on solutions last summer at Philadelphia City Hall. Photo for by Tom Kelly IV.

“Experts in behavioral health, criminal justice along with state and federal legislators, will be in attendance to share current initiatives and best practices culminating in an action agenda,” according to Councilman Jones.

Wednesday will begin with greetings from Councilman Jones, followed by opening remarks from Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey.

Rev. Terrence D. Griffith, president of The Black Clergy of Philadelphia, will deliver the keynote address during lunch.

First day topics include red flags in personal development, the cost of crime to taxpayers, and legislative collaborations.

Thursday will begin with a presentation by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams on the GunStat program, a collaborative effort to reduce gun violence using data-based tracking of gun violence, and focusing on targeted high violence areas.

The second day panel will then will focus on the costs of incarceration, alienation, alternatives and post-incarceration support, and reducing recidivism.

Experts youth, victims, public safety, courts, prisons, re-entry and human services will participate.

The conference will convene at Mandeville Hall at Saint Joseph’s University, at 5400 City Line Avenue. Registration begins sharply at 8:30am.

For more information, contact Michelle Wilson, Communications Director for Councilman Jones, at 215.686.3416.

Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., speaks during a roundtable meeting with the staff of the GunCrisis Reporting Project to discuss gun violence solutions last summer at Philadelphia City Hall. Photos for by Tom Kelly IV.


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