On October 12, the Tallahassee City Commission will hold a workshop to address spending priorities related to the Tallahassee gun violence problem. Back on March 9, 2022, the city commission voted to set aside $1 million each year for five years to address gun violence.
During the workshop, one of the items calls for elected officials to address three community proposals: the Capital Area Justice Ministry Proposal, the Community Roundtable of Tallahassee Interrupter Program Proposal and the Tallahassee-Leon County Council on the Status of Men and Boys Funding Proposal (CSMB).
Of particular interest is the CSMB, which recently received a $1.4 million federal grant.
The Tallahassee-Leon County Council on the Status of Men and Boys Funding Proposal
On February 16, 2022, the City Commission reserved $140,000 for startup funding for CSMB) Per CSMB’s proposal, the Council will unify existing agencies, organizations, and individuals to coordinate resources, funding, and services under a multi-disciplinary plan for reducing homicides and non-fatal shootings in Leon County.
The CSMB is requesting an additional $500,000 from the City of Tallahassee to provide direct services for Tallahassee/Leon County men and boys most at-risk of becoming victims or perpetrators of gun violence.
Participant criteria has been established based on the findings of the Sheriff’s Anatomy of a Homicide, case worker assessments, discussions with Leon County Schools personnel, social service providers, and other published indicating other risk factors linked to violence.
These criteria include: Expulsion, or students on track for expulsion, school suspension for serious offenses, current or previously attended an alternative school, males between the age of 12-24, resides in or frequents areas where homicide and violence are most prevalent and previous encounters with criminal justice system.
In addition, other factors may be considered such as, first arrest at 18 years of age or younger, first crime committed at 12 years old of younger, previous firearms related charges and having divorced or separated parents.
The funding will provide up to $10,000 worth of direct support services to 50 male youth determined to be most at-risk. The funding will not be given to a specific program but instead will be tailored to the needs of each participant and follow each participant.
The CSMB model will include Leon County Schools, case workers, and community liaisons. Leon County Schools has agreed to partner with the CSMB to assist in identifying those who are most at risk. This will include coordination through the case workers and community liaisons.
On October 4, 2022, the Council announced that they have been awarded $1.4 million from the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Program as part of a national effort to reduce gun violence.
The grant will allow the Council to hire three Navigator positions for three years: a Community-based Navigator, a School-based Navigator, and a Life Coach Navigator. The grant will also fund research, analytics, and program evaluation by the Florida State University College of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
The full agenda item can be viewed here.