BRAVE program receives $1.5 million grant

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge has been awarded a $1.5 million grant to help curb violence in the Capital City.

According to a press release, the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination Project, or BRAVE, targets juvenile offenders with group violent reduction strategies.

The grant will provide up to $500,000 each year over three years for:

  • Violent crime research and data analysis tools to help identify suspects and groups that should be targeted by BRAVE.
  • Caseworkers and resources to provide substance abuse, mentoring and job training to 25 youths each year.
  • Support staff to maintain grant records and conduct media and community outreach.

The BRAVE Project was started in May 2012 with $150,000 in funds from the city-parish that were used primarily to pay for the services of BRAVE Director Herbert "Tweety" Anny and consultant Jim Fealy, who provided technical assistance for the violence reduction program.

The mayor's office says the program targets violent and drug-trade offenders in criminal hotspots, starting with the 70805 zip code, which is located in North Baton Rouge.

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