By AFRO Staff

On Aug. 4, the latest Baltimore Safe Streets site opened in the North Baltimore community of Woodbourne-McCabe. It is the 12th Safe Streets zone in the city.

Community member, Marty Henson, Violence Prevention Coordinator; Ronald Brady, Site Supervisor; Dante Barksdale, Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice; community member. (Photo Credit:Marcus Clinton)

The Safe Streets motto is, “Stop shooting, start living.” According to the website, “Safe Streets is an evidence-based violence prevention and interruption program that works to reduce shootings and homicides in high violence areas, operated by Catholic Charities in collaboration with the Baltimore City Department of Health.”

The program utilizes the talent and experience of ex-offenders as “violence interrupters” to build relationships with high-risk youth and young people to mediate conflicts and connect residents to resources.