Group attacks youth violence in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) — Spending more money on prevention programs and working harder to keep guns out of the wrong hands are among the proposals floated by a group in Cleveland working to slow down youth violence.

Treating youth violence as a public health epidemic and strengthening existing anti-violence programs also were listed by participants Tuesday. The panel includes prosecutors, mental health and medical professionals, and neighborhood groups.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group (http://bit.ly/1oaHIED ) reports the group sifted through 18 short- and long-term solutions, developed over three years of meetings, and decided on the four primary steps.

The meeting was to finalize a "wish list" of everything the group said needs to be done to supplant "an infrastructural change" in violence. The group will continue to meet regularly.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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