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The APPA C.A.R.E. Model: Responding to Gang Violence in Reentry Planning
Presenter: Matthew T. DeMichele, Adam K. Matz, & Nathan Lowe
Broadcast Date: 10/04/2011

The National Reentry Resource Center sponsored a webinar on gang violence and reentry presented by the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA). Gang violence accounts for a disproportionate amount of criminal activity: A study of Boston’s Operation Ceasefire, for example, found that less than one percent of youth were responsible for more than 60 percent of youth homicides. Many of these youth were affiliated with gangs and under community supervision (or at least well known by justice officials) prior to committing homicide.

Part I: Responding to Gang Violence in Reentry Planning

Part one in the webinar series focuses on the APPA’s Collaboration, Analysis, Reentry, Evaluation (CARE) model to address gang reentry. This webinar includes an overview of the CARE model and Project Safe Neighborhoods. Specifically, the webinar provides strategies for partnering with agencies inside and outside the justice system and helping gang-affiliated individuals return to the community following incarceration. These and other issues are discussed in this webinar.

Part II: Evaluating Program Success: Determining What Works and How

Part two includes a brief review of the CARE model and Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). It then goes on to discuss the importance of problem analysis—identifying a given area’s crime problems in order to develop an appropriate response—and program evaluation, or assessing the success and vitality of that response.

Supplemental Materials
  • DeMichele, M. T., & Matz, A. K. (2010). Responding to gang violence: APPA’s C.A.R.E. model. The Journal of the American Probation and Parole Association: Perspectives, 34(4), 34-41.
  • Matz, A. K., Lowe, N. C., & DeMichele, M. T. (2011). Gangs and guns a threat to public safety: Introducing APPA’s C.A.R.E. model. Journal of Community Corrections, 20(3), pp. 9-10, 16-20.