Youth Recommendations to Family, School, Community, and Law Enforcement Systems
A study funded by the South Coast Task Force on Youth Gangs surveyed 58 system-involved, male youth about how community members, families, teachers, and law enforcement could assist when youth leave a gang. Their responses included recommendations to promote educational and other goals, provide extracurricular activities, and support family counseling.
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.
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.
In Criminal Justice Policy Review Turner, Hemmens, and Matz (2014) examine the parameters of warrantless searches of probationers/parolees by law enforcement officers in relation to probation and parole officers. In most states, probationers/parolees are subject to searches by their supervising probation or parole officer without prior notice or little cause.
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