Jackson joins federal Violence Reduction Network

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi’s capital city has joined a federal initiative to reduce violence.

The Department of Justice on Monday added Jackson and Nashville, Tennessee, to its Violence Reduction Network, which provides resources and funding to help cut violent crime in partnered cities. Other cities involved are: Camden and Newark, New Jersey; Chicago; Detroit; Oakland/Richmond, California; Wilmington, Delaware; Compton, California; Flint, Michigan; Little Rock, Arkansas; St. Louis; Milwaukee and New Orleans.

The VRN program was established two years ago to leverage resources and provide a hands-on approach by federal agencies to take aim at cities where the violence level exceeds the national average.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/2cyFo0Q) the news comes on the heels of Jackson’s 50th homicide on Friday. Jackson had 46 homicides this time last year, and ended 2015 with 58 overall.

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