The U.S. Justice Department will expand to 10 – from six – the number of cities participating in the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, Youth Today reports. Original participants continue to struggle through breaking down walls among government agencies and with community-based groups. The National Forum, created 18 months ago, is designed to allow cities to fashion crime prevention programs that emphasize more comprehensive approaches across government agencies.
An initial evaluation by Temple University and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice found that all six cities showed “positive indicators” but there were no “profound perceptions” among local residents of a reduction in juvenile violence. Representatives of the cities – Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Memphis and Salinas and San Jose, Ca. – met in Washington, D.C., this week to discuss each city's progress and problems, including difficulties obtaining information from various agencies and trying to match data that is reported variously by Census block, political ward, street, congressional district, neighborhood, school district, police district, and ZIP code.