Pennsylvania legislative leaders said yesterday there would likely be bipartisan support to expand an antiviolence program in Philadelphia, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Their comments came a day after a commission appointed by Gov. Rendell issued a report with a variety of suggestions on how the state could help curb handgun killings.
One recommendations was to spend $1.2 million more to bring the Youth Violence Reduction Partnership (YVRP) into a fourth Philadelphia police district. Another $100,000 would go toward planning grants to expand the program into other cities. The program tries to halt gun violence by selecting youths at risk of being killed or killing and giving them intensive counseling and supervision.