Council on the Status of
Men and Boys

The Council on the Status of Men and Boys (CSMB) was created to lead and develop a comprehensive community effort to reduce homicides and non-fatal gun violence among males in the Tallahassee-Leon County area.

In 2021, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office reviewed data related to the 141 homicides recorded in Tallahassee-Leon County from 2015-2020 to gain a better understanding of the commonalities between the people, conditions, and circumstances contributing to the incidents and research evidence-based solutions to reduce or prevent future homicides. This data was reported in the Anatomy of a Homicide Project led by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Read more

The Project Yielded the Below Conclusions

Key Findings

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Most victims and offenders were 15-24 years of age.

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75% of victims and 81% of known offenders were Black.

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The majority of homicide offenders surveyed had been suspended or expelled from school.

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The majority of homicide offenders surveyed were arrested for the first time before age 18.

Solutions

The Council on the Status of Men and Boys will create a multi-disciplinary plan for reducing homicides and gun violence in Leon County. This plan will:

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Address disparities and challenges men and boys experience in violence, criminal justice, education, employment, and health.

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Work in partnership with schools, agencies, and individuals.

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Implement violence reduction and prevention strategies.

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Use the proven Community Based Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative (CVIPI) to:

    • Introduce evidence-informed CVI strategies in communities.
    • Implement comprehensive, evidence-based violence intervention and prevention programs, based on partnerships among community residents, local government agencies, victim service providers, community-based organizations (CBOs), law enforcement, hospitals, researchers, and other community stakeholders.
    • Initiatives are expected to be trauma responsive and incorporate the needs and perspectives of victims of community violence.
    • Develop CVI strategies that include a focus on addressing the impact of community violence on children and youth.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Tallahassee-Leon County Council on the Status of Men and Boys is to unify existing agencies, organizations, and individuals to coordinate resources, funding, and services under a multi-disciplinary plan for reducing homicides and non-fatal shootings in Leon County and establish specific goals and objectives to address the disparities and challenges men and boys experience in violence, criminal justice, education, employment, and health.

Our Vision

Preserving life by preventing homicides and non-fatal shootings in Leon County, providing support and services to the men and boys who are most at risk and addressing the underlying causes of violence and improving the overall quality of life for residents of Tallahassee-Leon County.

Our Team

Royle
King II

Executive
Director

Norman
Billups

Life Coach
Navigator

KaRonte
Donaldson

Life Coach
Navigator

Harold
Edwards

School Based
Navigator

Crisna
Logan

Community Based
Navigator

Governing Body

Jamie
Van Pelt
Chair
Dr. Sabrita D.
Thurman-Newby, PhD
Vice Chair
Trinity Joy
Whitley
Secretary

Marlon
Williams-Clark

Shamar Lee
Banks

Albert
Batts, Jr.

Eric
Clark

LaDarius
Gammage

Khary Ajene
Henry

Dorothy
Inman-Johnson

Dr. Latara
Lampkin, PhD

Marcus M.
Lampkin
Yolanda F.
Pourciau
Dr. Donald
Elisha Sheppard, PhD

Dr. Gwendolyn James
Singleton, PhD

Sandra M.
Horne
Elijah J.
Hooks
Richard D.
Davison

Public Meeting Notice

Tallahassee-Leon County Council on the Status of Men and Boys Governing Body

Third Monday at 3pm every month

  • March 18, 2024
  • April 15, 2024
  • May 20, 2024
  • June 17, 2024
  • July 15, 2024
  • August 19, 2024
  • September 16, 2024
  • October 21, 2024
  • November 18, 2024
  • December 16, 2024
  • January 20, 2025

Location: Children’s Services Council of Leon County – 2002 Old St. Augustine Road, Suite A-50, Tallahassee, FL 32301

ALL meetings of the Tallahassee-Leon County Council on the Status of Men and Boys Governing Body and its committees are open and the public is encouraged to attend.

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