Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $112,014)
The Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program is designed to create safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in gun crime and gang violence. The PSN 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 violence 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 PSNpartnerships, strategic planning, training, outreach, and accountabilityto address specific gun crime and gang violence problems in that district.
The city of Birmingham, serving as the fiscal agent for the Northern District of Alabama, will use the grant to prevent gang gun violence in Birmingham by implementing saturation paroles in areas with the highest gun crime, and by increasing the supervision of at-risk probationers and parolees who reside in high gun crime areas. In addition, the grantee will implement a Better Basics literacy program, where school children residing in these areas will receive literacy education. The goals of the program are to reduce the high number of gun and gang crimes in the city of Birmingham.