Mixed Impact From 4-City Justice Department Antigang Program


A federally supported campaign to reduce gang violence in 4 places had mixed effects, concludes an Urban Institute evaluation. The $10 million program operated in Los Angeles, Milwaukee, North Miami Beach, Fl., and Richmond. The evaluation was based on activities between 2003 and 2008. Funding was provided by the Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

The evaluation said the effect of the program on gang crime was uneven, with the best improvements reported in Los Angeles in Richmond and less impact in the other sites. Although crime was down in some areas of the program, it was impossible to conclude scientifically that the federally funded activities caused the decrease, researchers concluded. The report was written by the Urban Institute’s Meagan Cahill and David Hayeslip.

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