U.S. Department of Justice: Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction Program
By focusing on concentrated ‘hot spots’ of crime within communities, the Community-Based Crime Reduction (CBCR) Program supports reducing violent crime, dismantling gang activity, assisting communities struggling with drug abuse, and supporting law enforcement agencies by integrating enforcement strategies into community-based crime reduction efforts.
The CBCR model is based on the principle that sustainable reductions in violent crime require collaboration among partners in the criminal justice system, service providers, and the communities they serve. These partnerships extend to community development corporations and private businesses that are linked to CBCR in local revitalization efforts.
CBCR is a strategic approach to crime reduction that leverages the knowledge and expertise of community stakeholders with the goal of making neighborhoods safer. While each CBCR community is unique, most face common challenges and use similar approaches to address crime and safety issues. These include:
- Addressing violent crime, as well as drug-related activity
- Implementing strategies to engage youth (through both prevention and education)
- Examining conditions that contribute to crime, crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) assessments, and review of land use, code enforcement, and nuisance laws
- Coordinating with the business community on redevelopment efforts, employment initiatives, and public housing management
- Coordinating community supervision and offender reentry strategies, including through individual and family support
- Building social cohesion and improving collective efficacy among neighborhood partners and residents
- Building partnerships not only among law enforcement and the community but with prosecutors, defense counsel, city attorneys, and city auditors
- Connecting community faith-based leaders with local law enforcement
Amount: Approximately $14,000,000 is available to make up to 14 awards of up to $1,000,000 each for a 48-month period of performance.
Eligibility: Institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), units of local government, national nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations), and federally recognized Indian tribal governments acting as a fiscal agent thereof.
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