WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs today announced the release of Findings From the Evaluation of OJJDP's Gang Reduction Program, a bulletin from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).
Researchers from the Urban Institute conducted an independent evaluation of OJJDP's Gang Reduction Program (GRP), a $10 million, multiyear initiative to reduce crime associated with youth street gangs in Los Angeles, Calif.; Milwaukee, Wis.; North Miami Beach, Fla.; and Richmond, Va. Key findings included the sites' progress in building partnerships, reaching a consensus understanding of local gang problems, cultivating social service providers, and planning to sustain anti-gang activities. In addition, the researchers found some evidence that GRP was associated with reduced levels of crime and gang-related incidents in three of the four demonstration sites. The authors made recommendations for the GRP program model and policy, as well as for communities wanting to implement the model.
TITLE: Findings From the Evaluation of OJJDP's Gang Reduction Program
RESEARCHERS: Meagan Cahill and David Hayeslip
The Urban Institute
PUBLISHER: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, www.ojjdp.gov
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP), headed by Assistant Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson, provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has seven components: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Office for Victims of Crime; the Community Capacity Development Office, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. More information about OJP can be found at www.ojp.gov.
SOURCE Office of Justice Programs