OAKLAND -- Saddled with the state's highest violent crime rate, Oakland has been selected to receive a $2 million state grant to keep residents safe.

The funds, which were set aside in the current state budget, will be used on programs that focus on preventing crime and helping former inmates transition back into society, officials said Monday.

The city's high crime rate qualified it for the additional funds.

Assemblymember Nancy Skinner and city officials have begun discussing with local nonprofits how the money will be spent. Final funding decisions will be made next month.

Although the $2 million grant is less than 1 percent of the city's operating budget, Police Chief Sean Whent said in a prepared statement it would be a significant help.

"One of biggest challenges is often the question of resources, and this funding will allow us to build our investment in the strategies we know show serious results."



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