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Illinois' Multiyear Strategy to Control Drug and Violent Crime FFY2004

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Date Published
April 2004
87 pages
This report presents Illinois’ Federal Fiscal Year 2004 (FFY 2004) strategy in the controlling of drug and violent crime developed through an analysis of data, thereby drawing conclusions on the extent and nature of the problem and identifying priorities for future projects.
This report presents Illinois’ State strategy for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2004 for controlling and preventing drug and violent crime which entails the development of a framework for a comprehensive statewide approach to coordinating the allocation and expenditure of all Federal and State funds which are then made available for juvenile and criminal justice purposes. When developing a strategy, this plan takes into account the latest data on drug and violent crime in Illinois, as well as new criminal justice issues. For this report, numerous sources of information were examined in order to draw some general conclusion about the extent and nature of the drug and violent crime problem. From the data, numerous trends emerged and included, but were not limited to (1) drug crime in Illinois increased more than violent crime; (2) crack cocaine overshadows powder cocaine as a drug threat; (3) cocaine and heroin continue to pose significant drug threats in Illinois; (4) crime increased more in rural counties; (5) Chicago continues to account for the majority of drug and violent crime; and (6) crimes involving firearms are a persistent threat. Based on this information, the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority identified seven priorities for FFY 2004 which is consistent with and supportive of the National Drug Control Strategy. FFY 2004 funds were identified as needing to target new projects in the areas of treatment for sex offender parolees, a special DNA prosecution unit at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, balanced and restorative justice (BAR) projects, and other public policy initiatives. The strategy lays a solid and comprehensive course for using Federal funds to address them. Tables and figures