The Handgun Intervention Program
The Handgun Intervention
Program (H.I.P.) was established by the late Honorable Willie G.
Lipscomb, in July 1993 as a result of a bright, college-bound
teenager who was shot and killed.
In an effort to help make the streets of
Detroit safer and no longer able to watch gun-toting youths pass
through his courtroom without a lesson, Judge Lipscomb launched
innovative program strived to educate citizens about the senseless
violence that all too often resulted
from the possession of handguns. The H.I.P. focused on the pervasive
problem of youth homicide resulting from illegal handguns carried by
children and young adults. The program targeted predominately
African American males who were first or second–time offenders
between the ages of 17-28 who were charged with carrying illegal
and/or concealed weapons.
The program was discontinued in October