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Northern District of Illinois Project Safe Neighborhoods Program

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $500,000)

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is designed to create safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in crime associated with gang and gun violence. The program's effectiveness is based on the cooperation of local, state, and federal agencies engaged in a unified approach led by the U.S. Attorney (USA) in each district. The USA is responsible for establishing a collaborative PSN task force of federal, state, and local law enforcement and other community members to implement gang and gun crime enforcement, intervention and prevention initiatives within the district. Through the PSN task force, the USA will implement the five design features of PSN--partnerships, strategic planning, training, outreach, and accountability--to address specific gun and gang crime problems in that district.

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, serving as fiscal agent for the USAO Northern District of Illinois, will continue their local PSN Initiative to reduce the incidence of gang and gun violence in the most violent police districts in the city of Chicago. The goal is to reduce the incidence of gang and gun violence in the most violent police districts in the city of Chicago, will be accomplished through a multi-faceted strategy to continue current and create new partnerships; increase accountability of ex-offenders; maintain research and strategic planning; and improve outreach efforts. Objectives for this project include: (1) continued coordination of the PSN Task Force; (2) aggressive prosecution of repeat gun offenders and aggressive enforcement of conditions of parole, (3) maintain and improve the PSN Parolee Forums, or monthly offender notification meetings; and (4) improve coordination among prevention and reentry programming and develop enhanced outreach mechanisms to potential business and corporate partners.


Date Created: September 5, 2012