July 25, 2018

I saw something profound today

I saw former gang members, convicted murderers, drug dealers—-those reformed men and women who now reach out to others as their penance for what they’ve taken in a previous, unrepentant life—-speak passionately and eloquently, pleading with the young men to take the help being offered. I saw some of these former criminals weep for the

July 25, 2018

Don’t worry, it’s not a set up

At that moment the entire room stood in unison. Almost immediately, a line formed to shake the hands of the men standing. Their once worrisome faces had turned to smiles. The moment turned surreal as I began looking around the room to see police officers and public officials talking with the men as if they

News & Updates August 11, 2017

Chattanooga holds first VRI call-in since Mayor announces Roddy as Chief

Chattanooga held its 11th call-in since the Violence Reduction Initiative began in 2014 and the first since Mayor Andy Berke named Deputy Chief David Roddy Chattanooga’s top cop. Along with Chief Roddy, the meeting's speakers included Public Safety Coordinator Troy Rogers, a federal prosecutor, an attorney with the DA’s office, a former gang member, and a