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  NCJ Number: NCJ 221077   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
  Title: Reducing Violent Crime and Firearms Violence: The Indianapolis Lever-Pulling Experiment
  Document URL: PDF 
  Dataset URL: DATASET 1
  Author(s): Steven Chermak Ph.D.
  Date Published: 12/2006
  Page Count: 224
  Annotation: This report presents the methodology and findings of a program ("lever-pulling") in Indianapolis intended to reduce violence in general and firearms violence in particular.
  Abstract: Evaluation findings show that "lever-pulling" as implemented in Indianapolis had little effect on the probationers involved. Meetings held with individuals at risk for violence in order to communicate to them the intent of law enforcement officers and the courts to focus on and punish (lever-pulling) violent behavior was effective in disrupting their perceptions of risk related to being apprehended and punished severely for violent crimes. The treatment probationers (probationers exposed to the meetings) and control probationers (those not exposed to the meetings) committed similar types of offenses after the program was implemented. Specifically, there were no significant differences in self-reported gun activities between the treatment and control groups. Further, the number and type of probation technical violations following the meeting were not different between the treatment and control groups. In addition, the treatment probationers were not more likely to take advantage of community programming following the meeting, but they were less likely to miss meetings with their probation officers. Finally, there was little evidence that a consistent range of "levers" (sanctions) were "pulled" after the meeting. The "call in" meetings were the primary mechanism used to alter probationers' behavior. The intent of the program was to communicate directly with chronically violent offenders about new efforts to address their crimes and use all available legal sanctions ("levers") when they committed violent offenses. The evaluation used an experimental design. Probationers were randomly assigned to two types of meetings (law enforcement and community) or to a control group over the 6 months between June 2003 and March 2004. All felony probationers convicted of 13 violent, drug, gun, and property offenses were eligible. Tables, figures, and 67 references
  Main Term(s): Effectiveness of crime prevention programs
  Index Term(s): Firearms ; Deterrence effectiveness ; Firearm-crime relationships ; Violence prevention ; NIJ final report ; Indiana
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2003-IJ-CX-1038
  Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
  Type: Program/Project Evaluation
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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