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A city beset by violence seeks solutions — from those in jail over it [washingtonpost.com]

 

By Emily Davies, Photo: Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post, The Washington Post, August 3, 2022

From behind bars at the D.C. jail, Sylvester Jones could sense that the streets in his city were even more dangerous than when he was picked up on a gun possession charge in January.

He had read about the especially violent past week in the District — when at least three dozen people were shot in incidentsacross the city — and he had an idea about how to help.

D.C. should create an incentive program, he told a crowd at the jail Wednesday, in which community members get music studio time in exchange for turning in weapons. That way, he said, officials could steer the community away from music that glorifies guns and shootings.

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