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Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program: Summer 2016 Update

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Date Published
September 2016
6 pages
This report is a 2016 update on progress in the 60 sites that have received grants to implement the crime control model of the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program (BCJI), which was launched in late 2012.
Under the BCJI model, grantees bring together representatives of diverse community agencies and organizations that include local law enforcement, researchers, community institutions, service agencies, and residents. The purpose of this cooperative is to analyze crime causes followed by the design and implementation of strategies that have proven effective in reducing crime in various settings. In 2016, the number of BCJI grantees continued to increase, with 15 new BCJI grants announced in October 2015. This brings the total of BCJI grantees to 60. The sites are in urban, rural, and tribal areas throughout the country. Forty-one of these sites have completed implementation plans for a range of data-driven, evidence-informed strategies for addressing crime causes. Twenty-four sites are in the midst of implementing strategies and working with a range of partners that include police, prosecutors, corrections officials, staff of other municipal agencies, community groups, service agencies, and residents. Nineteen sites are involved in BCJI planning and working with researchers and other partners to analyze crime data and neighborhood conditions. These efforts are intended to show why and how crime occurs persistently in particular geographic areas. All sites have the common goal of reducing crime and increasing community safety in specific places within their neighborhoods. Many BCJI sites have documented crime reduction in targeted hot spots of crime. Results in economic investment and revitalization in targeted areas are also reported. Other areas discussed in this report are community-police collaboration, smart resource deployment across sectors, and sustaining impact.