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After Fiery Debate, Fresno City Council Advances Unconventional Gun Violence Prevention Program

Fresno moved a step closer Thursday to fund an unconventional program that aims to reduce gun violence. After a fiery debate, the Fresno City Council voted to partially fund Advance Peace. Three council members voted to allocate $ 200,000 from the budget for the program. The city administration, local leaders, and Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer have 90 days to come up with a proposal detailing how the money will be used. After the proposal is submitted, the city council will vote on it. Council members Miguel Arias, Nelson Esparza, and Luis Chavez voted to fund the program, while Gary Bredefeld and Council President Paul Caprioglio voted against it. Esmeralda Soria was absent for the vote. Advance Peace works with people who are most likely to be, or already are, involved in gun violence. Those who enroll in the 18-month Peacemaker Fellowship receive mentoring, behavioral therapy, life skills training, and internships. Every fellow is assigned a case manager and a “life map” that

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