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National Library Week

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NCJ Number: NCJ 240866     Find in a Library
Title: Project Safe Neighborhoods: Strategic Interventions - Offender Notification Meetings (Case Study 2)
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Author(s): Jack McDevitt ; Scott H. Decker ; Natalie Kroovand Hipple ; Edmund F. McGarrell ; John Klofas ; Tim Bynum
Date Published: 05/2006
Page Count: 28
  Annotation: This report presents a case study on a specific strategic intervention, offender notification meetings, developed by Project Safe Neighborhood to reduce gun crime.
Abstract: Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is an initiative developed by the U.S. Department of Justice to combat gun crime. PSN consists of a network of local partnerships coordinated through the Nation’s 94 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and supported by a strategy that provides them with the resources they need to be successful in reducing gun crime. The PSN initiative integrates five essential elements from successful gun crime reduction programs: partnerships, strategic planning, training, outreach, and accountability. This report presents an overview of the PSN initiative and focuses specific discussion on one of the strategic interventions that is part of the PSN initiative: offender notification meetings. Offender notification meetings are used by law enforcement personnel to send a specific, focused deterrence message to a group of high-risk individuals that gun violence will not be tolerated in their jurisdictions. The meetings are also used to spread the message that local area community programs are available to provide services to help offenders lead a more productive and better life. The idea behind offender notification meetings was first used by the Boston Police Department in 1996 under a program called Operation Ceasefire. This report presents information on the goals of offender notification meeting and the partners involved in offender notification meetings, a description of the steps involved in implementing an offender notification program, information on how to identify participants for the program, information on how to get the message out to offenders and the public, and information on the follow-up needed to ensure success of the program. Additional information is also presented on how this program connects to other strategies, assessment of outcomes, and keys to successful implementation of the program. Figure, references, and endnotes
Main Term(s): Gun Violence
Index Term(s): Offenders ; Violence ; Violent crimes ; Violent offenders ; Offender participation programs ; Violence prevention ; Offender tracking systems ; NIJ grant-related documents
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: Case Study
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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