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No arrests made after Group Violence Intervention meeting

Last Thursday, 28 men were called in who were known to be a part of groups or gangs in South Bend. This is part of the initial phase of the South Bend Group Violence Intervention strategy. The city said the 28 would suffer serious consequences if they did NOT show up to the meeting.
Well, only 21 showed up, leaving the community asking, "What happens to those seven men who were a no show?"

Detective Sergeant Dominic Zultanski says, "We will put all resources into making sure we hold them accountable for their crime." He says last week, the Group Violence Intervention made it clear to 28 men if you don't show up to the meeting, you will suffer the consequences.

"Group Violence Intervention's position is to hold everyone accountable. Plain and simple," says Zultanski. So FOX28 checked in Monday, 4 days after that meeting to see if the seven men who didn't show up to the meeting, were facing any consequences.

"Anyone who doesn't show up is going to have sanctions," says Zultanski. Monday, he says the message was they haven't been arrested or faced sanctions YET. He stressed it will take time and the punishment will vary depending on their criminal history. The parole board and judges will weigh a lot of factors as they determine the consequences.

"It can be anything under the sun probation or parole has at their disgression, up into and leading to possible arrest," says Zultanski. He says it could range from doing community service hours, going to AA meetings, being in jail on the weekends, or being in jail all together.         

Zultanski says there's four members on the parole board. Now these four members decide together what each offenders punishment will be for not showing up to the meeting. He says the parole board and judges are going to be at the end making sure we keep our promise of delivering that message.
So far, Zultanski says all the seven offenders have been in touch with their parole or probation officers, and the process will continue in the days ahead.  

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has paid John Jay College more than $237,420 to implement this program. We've learned that the person who will be the program manager, Rose Meissner of the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County. She says, "There's two phases. The first stage is to implement, the second is to sustain. The question is going to be where is more effort required. We have to see what the demand is on social services. We need to see what resources law enforcement needs to dedicate."

The South Bend Group Violence Intervention is contracted to receive counseling from John Jay College until this September.
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