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Philly Budgeting 35% More to Fight Gun Violence, but Much of It Isn’t for Immediate Interventions

Emma Lee

The city of Philadelphia budgeted $208 million to combat gun violence in fiscal year 2023. That’s a 35% increase from the year before.

A new spending analysis from the office of the controller shows that most of the money is set aside for long-term solutions rather than interventions that will slow shootings now. WHYY’s Sammy Caiola has more.

(Original air-date: 9/2/22)

Sammy Caiola is WHYY News’ first-ever gun violence prevention reporter. She is committed to doing trauma-informed journalism driven by the communities she covers. She has been a health reporter for the last eight years, first at The Sacramento Bee and then at Capital Public Radio. Her podcast, "After the Assault," explores the journey to justice and healing for survivors of sexual violence. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, dancing, and playing with her Labrador, Pepper.