Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $361,545)
The Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grants Program (Byrne Discretionary Program) helps local communities improve the capacity of local justice systems and provides for national support efforts. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 08 Congressional Budget. Funds should be used for purposes recommended by Congress.
The University of Illinois at Chicago will support CeaseFire, an initiative of the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention in the School of Public Health. The project will: reduce the rate of killing in the City of Chicago to equal or less than the national rate; provide support and guidance to individuals at high risk of involvement in shootings; and encourage them to follow a positive lifestyle.
CeaseFire has the following five core components that address both the community and individuals at high risk of involvement in shootings: community mobilization, outreach, faith leaders' involvement, public education, and police participation. The project combines a public health strategy with a criminal justice approach to violence prevention and targets two of Chicago's highest risk communities--West Garfield Park and West Humboldt Park.