According to a report published by Unified Erie, its initiative to reduce crime in Erie is working.
Unified Erie relies on prevention, enforcement, and re-entry services to deter people from a path of crime. According to the report, shots fired and homicides in the city of Erie are on a downward trend, falling form 11 murders in 2014, down to seven last year.
Leaders say the initiative is working because it brings together multiple agencies with law enforcement. Amy Eisert, Director of Mercyhurst University’s Civic Institute, says, “…Unified Erie [is] pretty unique and exciting… it’s drawing all of those partners, that don’t normally work together, together to solve a common problem.”
The report also reveals that the costs of services to prevent people from returning to prison are lower than the costs to incarcerate them. Ron Hilliard will have much more for you on this topic tonight on Action News at 5 and 6.