Weekly News Roundup: New Funding for Maryland Program

With Full-Time Job, Ex-Con Gains Independence (Philly.com): Released in 2012, ex-con Colwin Williams attributes his post-prison success to involvement with Philadelphia CeaseFire, where he now works full time.

Violence Is Like a Disease” (This Is Africa): Perspectives on the ups and downs of CeaseFire in Cape Town, South Africa.

Grant funding ends, but CeaseFire Continues (The State Journal-Register): The Springfield, Ill., Urban League will continue its anti-violence effort, CeaseFire, as it awaits confirmation on funding after its $150,000 grant expired on June 30.

Citizen Partners in Crimefighting (New York Daily News): Churches and community groups prove to be valuable partners as SOS Crown Heights supplies much-needed violence interrupters throughout the NYC neighborhood.

SNUG Holds First Meeting in Mount Vernon (Connecticut News 12): After receiving a $275,000 grant from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, anti-gun program Operation SNUG hosts official meet-and-greet with local teens.

Dorchester County Added to Safe Streets Initiative (WBOC 16): The Baltimore Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention has given almost $2M to nine state police jurisdictions, including Dorchester County, to implement the Safe Streets Initiative—a program aimed at limiting violence and crime.

Frederick, Hagerstown Receiving Safe Streets Grants for FY 2015 (WFMD Free Talk): Bill Toohey, spokesman for the Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, says the $1,914,907 in Safe Streets grants will help reduce violent crime in the community.