St. Louis debates funding program claiming to lower shootings, murders by 30% in 1 year

By NewsRadio 1120 KMOX

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — City leaders set aside $2 million for a violence prevention program that makes bold claims about its ability to lower crime, while at least one supporter wants the city to spend even more.

The Cure Violence program claims it can lower shootings and murders by 30% in one year. Aldermanic President Lewis Reed wants the city to allocate $8 million for the program.

"The reason we need $8 million," Reed said. "We need a commitment to multiple years of funding.  This isn't something that we're just going to look at for one year."

Reed says $8 million would fund Cure Violence for three years.

But Comptroller Darlene Green is against spending more than $2 million.

"Eight million puts all your eggs in one basket," Green said, "Everybody knows that you don't want to put all your eggs in one basket.  There are other kinds of programs."

Among the other ways to spend money on crime prevention that Green listed — "more money for police."

Mayor Lyda Krewson, who could cast the deciding vote on the issue in the city's finance board, says she hasn't decided yet whether more than $2 million is justified at this time.

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