Salinas launches pilot program for peace

From HealthyCal.org, by Lynn Graebner: When the homicide rate in Salinas stood at four times the national average in 2009, local leaders decided enough was enough. In January of that year, Salinas joined forces with the county, law enforcement, faith-based organizations and local businesses to take aim at the gang-related violence plaguing the small city.

NY Times on CASP/For Our Future: "New Efforts to Fight Crime While Cutting Costs"

From the New York Times, Jan 30, 2012: "...They poured money and personnel into a strategy that combined tough law enforcement with job training and a plethora of social services. They developed a countywide violence-reduction plan and sought help from state and federal agencies and the nearby Naval Postgraduate School. A special team of police officers worked overtime making home visits in gang-infested neighborhoods.

FBI: Violent, property crimes in Salinas down in first half of 2011

In the first half of this year, Salinas saw a drop in its overall reported violent crime, even as some offenses such as murder showed a slight increase when compared to 2010 figures.

The FBI released its preliminary semiannual uniform crime report Monday. It shows a drop in the city's reports of violent crime -- homicides, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. From January to June 2011, violent crimes dropped by 11.4 percent, or 519, from the 586 incidents reported during the first half of 2010.

Run to benefit Community Partnership for Youth

The 22nd Annual Rio Grill's Resolution Run will be held on Jan. 1 and benefits Community Partnership for Youth.

Community Partnership for Youth provides safe, positive alternatives to gangs, drugs, and violence by providing a safe place where children discover new possibilities in life.

US Attorney General Holder on the Importance of Our Mission

Attorney General Eric HolderFollowing last week's meeting in DC of the National Forum on Youth Violence (repesentatives from Salinas and CASP were there), United States Attorney General Eric Holder wrote this blog post about the importance of the effort we're all engaged in -- and about signs that it's working:

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