Aug 16 2007

Graham Announces $200,000 Crime-Fighting Grant for North Charleston

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced North Charleston will receive a $200,000 grant to support the Weed and Seed program.

Weed and Seed aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in targeted high-crime neighborhoods. The strategy involves a two-pronged approach: law enforcement agencies and prosecutors cooperate in ‘weeding out’ criminals who participate in violent crime and drug abuse, attempting to prevent their return to the targeted area; and ‘seeding’ brings human services to the area, encompassing prevention, intervention, treatment, and neighborhood revitalization.

This is the second award for the North Charleston program which serves five neighborhoods in the community. During this project period, program goals include reducing drug dealing, prostitution, theft, and other crimes; increasing community policing efforts through greater visibility and participation in community events; providing human service programs to address the needs of residents; improving the physical condition of the neighborhoods; and increasing homeownership.

The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice.