The Project Yielded the Below Conclusions
Most victims and offenders were 15-24 years of age.
75% of victims and 81% of known offenders were Black.
The majority of homicide offenders surveyed had been suspended or expelled from school.
The majority of homicide offenders surveyed were arrested for the first time before age 18.
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:
Address disparities and challenges men and boys experience in violence, criminal justice, education, employment, and health.
Work in partnership with schools, agencies, and individuals.
Implement violence reduction and prevention strategies.
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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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.
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.
Elisha Sheppard, PhD
Dr. Gwendolyn James
Public Meeting Notice
Tallahassee-Leon County Council on the Status of Men and Boys Governing Body
First Monday at 3 pm every month (with the exception of July due to holiday):
- June 5
- July 10
- August 7
- September 11
- October 2
- November 6
- December 4
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.