Fresh Start seeks fresh influx of funds

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CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — A program helping criminals get their lives back on track is starting its second year.

C-U Fresh Start targets those with backgrounds of gun violence. Now, leaders are asking for more than $800,000. The proposal would come from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.

Leaders say the first year covered planning and training, and this year they say it will fund the implementation of the program, but it also relies on contributions from the city.

The program has some farfetched ambitions, including Shot Spotter. It’s technology which can detect when and where a shot is fired in the community. That way, they won’t have to rely on calls from people.

The technology covers three square miles. It’s not known where the device would be located yet as it’s all part of the proposal. Spokesperson Tracey Parsons says he doesn’t think they’ll get it.

Meanwhile, Project Specialist Vivian Gray says Peoria police are using the device and claim it’s been working very well.

Fresh Start leaders are also looking at other programs like a cognitive behavior program which focuses on personal beliefs, attitudes and behaviors.

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