Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $309,154)
The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) is pleased to submit this application on behalf of the Northern District of Georgia's U.S. Attorney's Office (USAO) for FY2023 Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). CJCC is requesting funds to support local law enforcement and other agencies, including non-govermental organization , that target chronic repeat offenders in the Northern District of Georgia (NDGA). From October 1, 2023 to September 30, 2026, this project proposes to create and foster safer neighborhoods by adressing gang and repeated violent offender issues ot keep the citizens of the Northern District of Georgia safe. A steering committee will provide overall guidance and direction to the PSN Task Force.
The USAO is implementing a comprehensive prevention strategy to complement the coordinated enforcement efforts throughout the entire district and violent repeat offender (VRO) sites, including debriefing of juveniles to identify adults who are driving their violent criminal activity. The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) will continue to implement a Credible Messenger initiative to interven with high-risk juveniles who will be released back into northern district communities. The Credible Messenger Model is an evidence-based prevention strategy that has rendered significant reductions in shootings and killings, re-arrests, and attidues supporting violence. The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC), Georgia Department of Community Supervision (DCS), Federal Bureau of Prisons, and U.S. Probation Office will interven with high-risk adult offenders who are in state or federal custody.
The USAO will use a portion of grant funds, 30 percent, to support gang prevention and intervention efforts throughout the Northern District. The USAO is requesting funding to support the expansion of the Georgia Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Gang Prevention Initiative which will provide officer trainging on gang awareness and identication as wella s gang prevention and intervention education to at-risk youth within the public school system.