Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $160,679)
The Anti-Gang Initiative provides funds to support new or expanded anti-gang enforcement and prevention efforts under the existing Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Initiative. These new funds may be used by the PSN task force to combat gangs by leveraging current strategies and partnerships developed under PSN initiatives or may be used to develop new anti-gang initiatives. The Anti-Gang initiative will be led by the United States Attorney in each of the 94 federal judicial districts across America. Grant funds will be awarded to a single fiscal agent in each of the 94 districts. The fiscal agent, in coordination with the PSN task force, will allocate the funds throughout the community to support the anti-gang initiative in that community.
The Hoyleton Youth and Family Services will utilize Fiscal Year 2007 Anti-Gang Initiative funds to combat violent crime and open drug sales, which occur in East St. Louis and the surrounding communities, in order to reduce what are prime conditions for gang recruitment. The Southern District of Illinois will fund overtime for focused enforcement in the targeted areas during the summer months at peak hours for gang violence and covert cameras to aid in investigation. The District will also fund a week-long Youth Police Camp for fifty youths with extensive disciplinary histories, fostering discipline and critical thinking skills and allowing the opportunity to practice alternatives to aggression.