James Sheppard Official Statement on RIT Study

"The RIT report documents that we have had high levels of violence over an extended period that we have struggled to address. 

This problem is deep and systemic, with connections rooted in poverty and a lack of educational opportunities and jobs. 

While our police are on the front lines, it's a problem that affects us all. 

I agree with  Professor Klofas' assessment that we need a comprehensive community anti violence strategy. This plan must include the voice and input of all community stakeholders working together to reduce the level of violence that has plagued the City of Rochester."

~James Sheppard