by Max Brantley
Congresssman French Hill represents Little Rock, Arkansas, which has a murder rate of 21.7 per 100,000 people in 2014. Hill introduced a bill on Wednesday that would give grants to historically black colleges and universities to run education programs to help formerly incarcerated Americans “successfully transition back into their communities”.The article notes the analysis of murder rates in large cities did not include some smaller cities with high murder rates, such as Pine Bluff, also represented by a Republican congressman and gun control opponent, Rep. Bruce Westerman.
“If the program is successful it would curb the recidivism rate and lead to a reduction of all types of crime,” including violence, Hill’s spokesman, Michael Siegel, said.
Hill has also expressed support for “a comprehensive approach to mental health” as a way to address both gun suicide and mass shootings.
“If people get the mental health treatment they need, they’re not on the streets or in a jail cell,” Hill said in an interview with an Arkansas NPR affiliate last week.