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Chicago Project for Violence Prevention: CeaseFire Program

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $500,000)

The Congressionally Selected Awards Program, authorized by the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 111-8), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects selected by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-8, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 09 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY09 Omnibus Appropriations Act.

The University of Illinois at Chicago will fund the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention (CPVP) Project CeaseFire. Since 2000, the CPVP has implemented CeaseFire, a data-driven, research-based public health approach to reduce shootings and killings. By applying epidemiological strategies to end urban violence, CeaseFire interrupts the spread of shootings and killings by changing the social norms that help perpetuate them. CeaseFire's proven strategies for reducing violence rely on five components to change norms and modify behaviors: 1) outreach and conflict mediation with the highest risk individuals, 2) community mobilization, 3) public education, 4) faith leader involvement, and 5) law enforcement participation.


Date Created: September 20, 2009