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Justice Department Awards Nearly $1.5 Million to Area Foundation to Prevent and Reduce Violent Crime in Baton Rouge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Louisiana

U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Gathe, Jr. announced that the Reclamation and Restoration Ministries (RRM) has received $1,498,637 from the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs and its component, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, to prevent and reduce violent crime in the Baton Rouge area.

RRM is an organization located in Baton Rouge that promotes social and community wholeness by actively developing and implementing relevant and life-changing ministries and programs that will prevent and/or deliver youth and adults from violence, crime, truancy, drug abuse, homelessness, and prison.

With this grant, RRM will implement its Ready4Life Community Violence Intervention and Prevention Project in Baton Rouge Police District #4 that includes Scotlandville, Southern Heights, and Brookstown. One of the unique characteristics of the Brookstown neighborhood revealed by analysis is that the per capita income of residents is lower than that found in 97.7% of the neighborhoods in America. Also of note, 81.3% of the children in this area live in poverty and crime rates are higher than the national average.

For more information about this award, please contact the OJP Office of Communications at 202-307-0703 or

Updated October 6, 2022