House Passes Bill Creating The Violence Intervention Program


HB 96, the Violence Intervention Program Act, a key crime prevention bill, passed the House with a vote of 44 to 20. 

HB 96 creates the Violence Intervention Program Act and provides that the Department of Health (DOH) will award grants to eligible state agencies, counties, municipalities, or tribal governments to implement proven violence intervention programs. Grants are directed to entities that DOH finds are disproportionately impacted by violent crimes, including homicides, shootings, and aggravated assaults for focused deterrence efforts.

“Too many families feel unsafe. Focused deterrence has been proven to reduce violent crime,” said Representative Gail Chasey (D-Albuquerque). “This program is a targeted way to reduce and prevent crime in the communities where it is needed most.”

HB 96 is sponsored by Representatives Chasey and Marian Matthews (D-Albuquerque).