This month the city of Cleveland announced the dedication of more funds to help curb youth violence in the community–spurred by a voter-approved municipal tax increase.
Part of the effort to curb violence is putting another ‘violence interrupter’ in local hospitals.
The Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance will have someone in University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center to try to calm family members, friends, and victims of violence, and convince them not to seek revenge.
Another such interrupter is working at MetroHealth Medical Center.
This idea has been seen in other cities, like Baltimore and Philadelphia.
ideastream’s Tony Ganzer learned more about the program from violence interrupter Jeff Crosby, and the Director of the Peacemakers Alliance Sharyna Cloud: