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Charleston, WV leaders have new plan to tackle drug problem

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Charleston, WV is tackling their drug problem with a new non-traditional program. Charleston, WV is tackling their drug problem with a new non-traditional program.
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CHARLESTON, WV -

Charleston, WV community leaders and law enforcement are taking part in a new project that will empower area residents to tackle the growing drug and crime problem.

The project is called "Second Chance" and its goal is to prosecute and remove violent drug offenders off the street, while giving non-violent offenders a second chance. Law enforcement will work with community leaders, business owners and employees in specific areas like the west side of Charleston where the drug and crime rates are high.

They are offering residents in this area a chance to voice their concerns by taking an online anonymous survey. The survey is available at: http://CSurvey.WestSide.sgizmo.com/s3/. Residents are also able to print the survey and fill out the paper version to send in.

The results of the survey will be analyzed by a steering committee and more than 20 local, state and federal organizations that are advocates for this initiative and are committed to making the project successful and helping law enforcement rid communities, like the west side of Charleston of drugs and crime.

The Second Chance initiative has worked in other communities like Huntington, WV. This community-oriented strategy is also one of 15 nationwide to receive grant awards from the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance that will change neighborhoods of distress into neighborhoods of opportunity.