ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — After a deadly summer in St. Louis, with some 130 killings, including a dozen children, Mayor Lyda Krewson announced her support for a crime-prevention program that promises to lower murders and shootings by 30% in one year.
Marcus McCallister is with the program called "Cure Violence."
"If they invest in this, if we do this in St. Louis, you'll see a decline within the first six months, let alone a year's time ... and we've had reductions of 56%, 46%, 30% in Philadelphia, and it's not me just saying it, these are evaluators who did their math on it," McCallister said.
McCallister said the program works because it employs former criminals who know what prison is like to counsel younger people to stay away from violent crime.
The mayor is now asking the city comptroller to execute a contract with Cure Violence.
Earlier this summer Krewson agreed to set aside half a million dollars in funds for some type of crime prevention. Now, after studying the Cure Violence program, she's supporting a plan to set up a pilot program to see if it works.
Krewson's announcement comes on the same day she's expected to face questions about whether she supports spending money to buy police body cameras.