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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 H.I.P.  His 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 2013.

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