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Effort underway to stop Muskegon crime
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MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - An annual summer initiative to reduce crime in and around Muskegon kicks off Saturday. The Social Justice Commission's summer events include recreation and mentor programs, truancy sweeps, and curfew enforcement. There will also be a gun buy back event.

The Social Justice Commission was formed following several homicides in Muskegon and Muskegon Heights in 2010. The commission is made up of prosecutors, police, pastors, and community activists.

Muskegon County Senior Assistant Prosecutor D.J. Hilson says the group's effort is to build a strong connection to area youth and "To give them those opportunities to do something fun but also positive. And to surround themselves with the people who are going to give them those positive influences that they need in order to get through this stage in their life."

Members of the group will hold a picnic Saturday from 11am to 1pm Heritage Landing. The event includes free food, speakers, and a time for youth to meet with event organizers.

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