SNUG workers walk Poughkeepsie streets to help end gun violence
A local program is going all-in on its community efforts to make a positive change after several shootings in the last few months.
Ykim Anderson says ending gun violence is personal. He was in prison for 13 years and said, "I felt it was important for me to come home and try to fix a lot of the stuff that I helped start."
The Poughkeepsie resident walks the streets or canvasses every day, talking to residents about SNUG, the anti-violence group looking to end violence in the city and help kids.
"What we do is we mediate conflicts with individuals who may be at the highest risk of shooting or getting shot by someone," said Anderson.
Eric Yahya Archer also knows the cost of violence after spending time in prison. He too walks the streets to help keep the peace.
The walk Thursday passed the spot where 15-year-old Jalani Jones was shot and killed last month. That was the second fatal shooting involving a minor in the area this year.