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NCJ Number: 250938 Find in a Library
Title: Project Safe Neighborhoods in Chicago: Looking Back a Decade Later
Journal: Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology  Volume:107  Issue:1  Dated:Winter 2017  Pages:131-160
Author(s): Ben Grunwald; Andrew V. Papachristos
Date Published: 2017
Page Count: 31
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2003-GP-CX-0573
Sale Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description; Program/Project Evaluation; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the impact after 10 years of the implementation of Chicago’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which is a federally funded initiative that brings together Federal, State, and local law enforcement resources to reduce gun violence in urban centers.
Abstract: PSN implemented supply-side gun policing tactics, improved Federal prosecution of gun crimes, and held notification forums in which targeted individuals with criminal records were warned of heightened criminal sanctions for gun-crime convictions. Chicago’s PSN has been operating since 2002. This assessment of its impact examined relevant data after 10 years of PSN’s implementation. Consistent with a previous evaluation, the current study found that several program components were associated with reduction in violent crime in the initial target areas. These impacts, however, were concentrated in the first few years of the intervention. An examination of the effects of PSN in several subsequent expansion areas found no detectable effects. Based on this data collection and analysis, the study suggests that the effects of PSN were diluted as the program expanded to larger areas of the city without an increase in funding and other resources. The evaluation recommends that future research consider PSN’s strategies in Chicago that were apparently effective in the early years, and leverage those insights in determining the methods and resources required for sustained effects over the long term. The design and issues in research methodology are described and discussed. 7 figures and 2 tables
Main Term(s): Effectiveness of crime prevention programs
Index Term(s): BJA Grant-related Documents; Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA); Crime specific countermeasures; Gun Violence; Illinois; Interagency cooperation; Urban area studies; Urban criminality
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