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Annual Report for the District of Columbia, 1992: Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance

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46 pages
The District of Columbia has participated in the Federal Drug Control and System Improvement Program since the program began in 1987, and block grant funds have been used to develop and implement a drug control strategy aimed at supply and demand reduction, violent crimes and serious offenders, and overall capacity building within the criminal justice system.
The District's antidrug/antiviolence strategy in 1992 paralleled key program elements of the national drug strategy. The emphasis was on drug testing, street-level drug law enforcement, alternative sentencing programs for nonviolent drug offenders, and correctional facility planning and design. Funding in 1992 was used for programs targeting at risk-youth, counseling for violent and/or drug addicted inmates, counseling for parolees and probationers, alternative sentencing options for youthful offenders, criminal justice information systems, and program evaluation. The coordination of drug control efforts in the District of Columbia is examined, and specific strategies to reduce the availability of drugs to city residents are described. Consideration is also paid to probation and parole officer training, intermediate sanctions, violence prevention, firearms identification, and automated criminal histories and case monitoring. Accomplishments of the District of Columbia in reducing drug use during 1992 are reviewed, and a description of a Weed and Seed Demonstration Project is provided.