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Winter 2004 issue of In-Sites magazine, published by the Community Capacity Development Office (formerly Weed & Seed Office), Office Justice Programs (OJP)CCDO Home pageHomeLetter From the DirectorOJP SealLetter From the U.S. AttorneyPhotos representing weeding and seeding efforts: two police officers smiling at the camera, three individuals painting over graffiti on a wall, woman holding a potted plant. About In-SitesFind Past IssuesSubmit Stories Subscribe Creating Safer Communities
This Issue
Welcome to the summer 2005 edition of In-Sites, where CCDO gives you quick and easy access to important information from the field. This issue includes stories about the success of community prosecution in Dallas, using a Cherokee marbles game to teach about methamphetamine, and serving warrants to gang members to keep them out of neighborhoods. More articles are highlighted below; find others by clicking on the section links on the left.

Photo of a sealed building previously used by drug dealers.Asset Forfeiture Takes a Front Seat in Philly
With the area’s dilapidated houses making it easier for drug dealers to make their living, the district attorney’s office decided to put a new twist on an old idea. In the past, real property asset forfeiture had only been used when the property had value; now, it is being used to aid law enforcement.

Photo of HomeSight and community members celebrating the opening of Noji Gardens.Affordable Housing Group and Police Band Together
HomeSight, an affordable housing development corporation in Seattle, had always focused on increasing home ownership to stabilize poor, crime-ridden neighborhoods. When gang members threatened a new resident in Columbia City, the organization realized it needed a new approach.

Spokane’s community intervention approach introduces SRT in a grassroots fashion across school districts and community systems to reach youth and their parents throughout the community.School Program Helps Kids Stay Out of Prison
Nancy Jahns reasoned that if cognitive behavioral programming used in prisons was reducing recidivism, a similar curriculum for schools could reduce truancy and other problems and ultimately help prevent youth from entering the corrections system.

Photo of a man receiving computer help in a community-based setting.Concentrating on Reentry Yields Results
The Fort Wayne, IN, Weed and Seed effort has become a model for a “special emphasis” site; that is, a site that applies the Weed and Seed approach to focus on one issue or population and reduce crime in a specific high-crime area. For Fort Wayne, that meant exploring its reentry problems.