New Jersey A 4801 - Violence Reduction Initiatives / by Charles Yeganian


This bill establishes the New Jersey Violence Intervention Program (NJVIP) for the purpose of saving lives by investing in effective, evidence-based violence reduction initiatives focused on the highest-risk individuals in communities disproportionately impacted by community violence, with a particular emphasis on firearm violence.

Specifically, the bill requires the Office of the Attorney General to establish, advertise, and administer grants through the NJVIP, conduct program evaluation to determine the effectiveness of the violence intervention programs, and provide written reports to provide transparency regarding the effectiveness of the programs, and hold public forums to gather community input regarding the programs.

The bill requires the Office of the Attorney General to award funds on a competitive basis to municipalities, health agencies, law enforcement agencies, and non-profit organizations that serve communities with disproportionately high rates of homicides and other incidents involving the use of firearms. The bill provides that the Office of the Attorney General is to prioritize applicants operating in areas disproportionately affected by serious violence, whose grant proposals demonstrate the greatest likelihood of reducing the rate and number of homicides and other incidents involving the use of firearms in the community served by the applicant. The award applicants may apply either independently or jointly. The bill requires that grants awarded cannot replace current violence prevention funding being provided.