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ROOT, Inc (Reaching Out to Others Together) “DC Public Safety” Radio

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The program interviews Kenny Barnes, M.S., Founder and CEO of ROOT Inc. and Clinton Murchinson, Community Outreach Coordinator for ROOT. The program addresses crime in Washington, D.C. and all cities throughout the country with an emphasis on prevention. Mr Barnes the recipient of the National Service to Victims of Crime Award from the US Department of Justice.

The web address for ROOT is See below for a description of ROOT.

The website for the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency is

The program is hosted by Leonard Sipes. The producer is Timothy Barnes.

Comments offered on “DC Public Safety” television and radio programs are the opinions of participants and do  not necessarily represent the  policies of CSOSA or other government agencies.

ROOT’s Vision:

ROOT, Inc (Reaching Out to Others Together) Inc. seeks to be a nationally recognized institution with expertise in addressing the ROOT causes of the systemic apathy that fosters a culture of violence in our communities today. Implement multimodal solutions that ensure individuals, families and communities stop enduring the tragedy of homicides by gun violence.

ROOT’s Mission Statement:

ROOT, Inc (Reaching Out to Others Together) Inc. is a Washington, DC based a nonprofit, 501(c) 3 organization, is committed to advocacy and intervention on behalf of homicide victims and their families. Our mission is to motivate and mobilize communities to take a proactive approach to reducing homicides and the senseless violence occurring in our cities. Youth violence, perpetrated both by and against young people, results in enormous physical, emotional, social, and economic consequences. Although youth violence has declined significantly in recent years, much work remains to reduce this public health burden. Homicide is the second leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds overall. In this age group, homicide is the number one cause of death among African Americans, the second leading cause of death among Hispanic Americans, and the third leading cause of death among American Indians. – Center for Disease Control, Injury Research Agenda, September 7, 2006.

ROOT Inc. believes, as the Centers for Disease Control does that gun violence and youth violence is a public health issue.  Violence is a symptom of the problem – not the problem. ROOT Inc. has identified a three prong approach to preventing and reducing gun violence and youth violence through advocacy, awareness, and education.

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