Bridgewater State University (located in Bridgewater, Massachusetts) will host a two-day a conference entitled "Targeting Truths about Gun Violence and Gun Control," on October 22-23, 2014. The first day centers on different types of gun violence and its costs; the second day focuses on gun control arguments and initiatives.
The Gang Intelligence Information Sharing project, currently managed by the IJIS Institute for the Bureau of Justice Assistance, takes a standards-based approach to gang intelligence information sharing, helping to combat the proliferation of gangs and to support the gathering of criminal intelligence about gangs.
In the Fall issue of 2013 the American Probation and Parole
Association released its first PSN update, a new column in APPA’s
quarterly journal Perspectives. As they are released, new
PSN updates can be found under the Resources tab of this website.
See highlights of the APPA membership interviews concerning gang member reentry needs in the Winter 2014 issue of the National Gang Center’s Newsletter.
As described by David Kennedy in this article from the Los Angeles Times, instead of doomed legislation aimed at increased background checks for firearm purchases “…the most powerful interventions aimed at day-to-day gun violence lie elsewhere. In the absence of any movement in the larger gun debate, mayors, police chiefs, prosecutors and academics have been moving on their own — and have made real progress. The way forward lies in two directions…” Specifically, interventions with high risk individuals and places.
Ashley Luthern of the Journal Sentinel reports on the Milwaukee Collaborative Offender Re-entry Program designed to keep juvenile offenders from re-offending. A pilot program aimed at juvenile offenders, in this partnership Milwaukee police officers and agents from the Wisconsin Department of Corrections conduct joint random home visits.
To assist community corrections agencies in the process of interagency collaboration, problem analysis, probationer/parolee reentry, and evaluation, the APPA developed the C.A.R.E. framework, a guide for responding to street gang violence. This comprehensive strategy combines lessons learned from previous anti-gang initiatives while providing an overview of four key components of anti-gang projects.
Get the Guidelines to Gang Reentry CD. This CD-ROM provides guidelines and resources specific to working with gang-involved offenders during the three main phases of reentry: the institutional phase, structured reentry phase, and community reintegration phase.
In Criminology & Public Policy, Hennigan & Sloane (2013) examine the diverse use of Civil Gang Injunctions (CGI) in Los Angeles followed by additional commentary from Melde and Papachristos. Findings suggest CGIs work best in conjunction with strong social service supports and when they focus on well-defined target zones or specific gang-affiliated individuals.
In 2013 an online questionnaire was disseminated to the APPA membership concerning involvement in Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) and related training or technical assistance (T/TA) needs. This document provides an overview of PSN, briefly summarizes the results of the survey, and provides information on seeking out PSN T/TA support.
The Middle District of North Carolina committed to a strategy that included both a deterrence-based focus and an attempt to develop prevention and intervention components. In Durham, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem, total gun crime showed a statistically significant decline following the implementation of PSN.
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