Milwaukee unveils blueprint to prevent violence in the city

Milwaukee unveils blueprint to prevent violence in the city

The city of Milwaukee has unveiled a comprehensive plan aimed at lowering violence.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Blueprint for Peace takes a public health approach, looking at causes of violence and modeling strategies seen in other cities.

Mayor Tom Barrett says he hopes it “creates a new sense of urgency and new momentum.”

The city’s Office of Violence Prevention spearheaded creation of the nearly 100-page plan. It’s organized around six broad goals: stop the shooting; promote healing and restorative justice; support children, youth and families; promote economic opportunity; foster safe and strong neighborhoods; and strengthen the coordination of violence prevention efforts.

The blueprint is scheduled to be discussed Monday before the Common Council’s Public Safety and Health Committee. A series of neighborhood meetings also are planned.

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