skip navigation

Add your conference to our Justice Events calendar


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the NCJRS Abstracts Database. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

  NCJ Number: NCJ 241729     Find in a Library
  Title: Project Safe Neighborhoods Case Study Report: Middle District of North Carolina (Case Study 11)
  Document URL: PDF 
  Author(s): Natalie Kroovand Hipple, Ph.D. ; James M. Frabutt, Ph.D. ; Nicholas Corsaro, M.A. ; Edmund F. McGarrell, Ph.D. ; M.J. Gathings, Ph.D.
  Date Published: 09/2007
  Page Count: 47
  Annotation: This case study of the federally supported Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) in the Middle District of North Carolina focuses on the characteristics and outcomes of this district’s efforts to reduce gun violence under the PSN goals and strategies.
  Abstract: The Middle District of North Carolina is one of three Federal districts in the State. The U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) of the district worked with State and local officials to develop PSN task forces in the cities of Durham, Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem, and Salisbury. The local research partner provided gun-crime data for a number of offenses across all five cities. The case study focused on the impact of the PSN initiative on total gun crimes (homicides with a firearm, robberies with a firearm, and aggravated assaults with a firearm) in three of the five cities: Durham, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem). The study found that total gun crime declined following the implementation of PSN. In Greensboro and Winston-Salem, the decline was statistically significant. Salisbury also experienced a decline in gun crime, although it was not statistically significant. This study concludes that these results are “very encouraging.” The district used a “lever pulling” strategy that included both a deterrence-based focus and an attempt to develop prevention and intervention components aimed at linking youth to prosocial environments and providing both youthful and adult offenders access to services and resources. Offender notification or “call-in” meetings were heavily used. There was a significant increase in Federal gun-crime prosecutions in order to incapacitate violent chronic offenders and increase the credibility of the deterrent message. Police-probation home visits were another common strategy; home visits that linked police and faith leaders with at-risk youth were also used. Joint Federal-local gun case reviews were conducted by several of the task forces. 2 figures, 4 tables, and 27 references
  Main Term(s): Effectiveness of crime prevention programs
  Index Term(s): Crime specific countermeasures ; Violence prevention ; NIJ final report ; NIJ grant-related documents ; North Carolina ; Gun Violence
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2002-GP-CX-1003
  Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
  Type: Program/Project Description ; Program/Project Evaluation
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.