Denver Post

$2.2 million federal grant to help Denver combat gang violence

By Christopher N. Osher. The Denver Post. December 3, 2010

A $2.2 million federal grant to combat gang violence in three Denver neighborhoods could help to one day reduce violence elsewhere in the nation, according to city officials. The grant is the result of nearly four years of work from a consortium of civic and religious leaders, social workers and former gang members who came together after the 2007 gangland slaying of Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams.

A research team led by sociologist Jeffrey Butts, executive director of the research and evaluation center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, will monitor the work in Denver and in four other communities that recently received funding from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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