TRENTON, NJ  – A 44-member commission to study the “unprecedented levels of violence sweeping through many of New Jersey’s urban communities” will be established under legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter (D-Paterson).

Consisting of State and local officials as well as representatives spanning law enforcement, professional organizations, academia, labor, and faith-based and church-centered associations The New Jersey State Commission on Urban Violence will, after the 18-month study on the sources, causes, and the means of alleviating urban violence, report to the Legislature and the Governor.

“Understanding the impact of violence and its lasting traumatic effects are critical to achieve healing and safety for our families in New Jersey,” Sumter said of the bill that is awaiting the governor’s signature.