ST. LOUIS – Former St. Louis Health Commissioner Dr. Frederick Echols, will assume the position of CEO of Cure Violence Global. Taxpayers in St. Louis City are spending millions of dollars on the program designed to curb violence.
Echols, who was pushed out of the job for unspecified reasons, says the pent-up frustration caused by the COVID crisis has hit the already beleaguered communities hardest, leaving the desperate feeling even more hopeless and more likely to face it turn to crime.
dr Echols says St. Louis is spending about $7 million on the city’s Cure Violence areas. They are 10-block-by-10-block spaces called “containment areas.”
Cure Violence dispatches people to stem retaliation by speaking to both sides of a conflict to stem the violence.
There are currently three containment areas in the city, costing approximately $750,000 per area. Echols says that for the city to really get a grip on crime, they would need to set up 10 security perimeters. He says the cost could be as high as $10 million.
He says the contribution is less death, hospitalizations and poverty. He says the cost is worth it.
St. Louis City saw a decrease in crime from 2020-2021. City officials gave Cure Violence some credit for it.
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