Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $170,671)
Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a nationwide commitment to reducing gun and gang crime, links existing local programs together and provides them with necessary tools. PSN 1) takes a hard line against persons involved in gun and gang crime, using every available means to create safer neighborhoods; 2) seeks to achieve heightened coordination among federal, state, and local law enforcement; and 3) emphasizes tactical intelligence gathering, more aggressive prosecutions, and enhanced accountability through performance measures. The United States Attorney in each federal judicial district will lead the offensive. The fiscal agent, in coordination with the PSN Task Force, will allocate funds throughout the community.
The University of Illinois, serving as the fiscal agent for the Northern District of Illinois will continue support for two core PSN projects; gun prosecution assistance in the Office of the Cook County State's Attorney and the Parolee Forums. The goal of this program is to reduce the amount of gun violence and gun crime in Chicago's 4th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 15th police districts. This goal will be addressed through aggressive enforcement and prosecution, as well as a focus on deterring ex-offenders from reoffending.