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Blueprints for Gang Prevention

Award Information

Award #
2009-JV-FX-0100
Location
Awardee County
Prince George''s
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2009
Total funding (to date)
$749,999

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $249,999)

OJJDP FY 09 Demonstration Programs Division Grants was established to provide grants, cooperative agreements and other assistance to organizations designated by OJJDP, as authorized by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 2002 (42 U.S.C. Sections 5601 et seq.) and statutes appropriating funds for juvenile justice programs.

Gang membership appears to facilitate increased involvement in violence and serious delinquency. It is imperative to identify effective programs to reduce the level of gang membership and to reduce the impact that gang membership has in facilitating antisocial behaviors. Currently, the number of known gang intervention programs that meet rigorous standards to be considered "evidence-based" are very limited. However, there are the Blueprints for Violence Prevention project has identified other programs that have been shown to reduce violence, delinquency, and drug use, and which meet these evidence based standards. The overall purpose of this project is to identify the Blueprint programs that have the highest probability for success with gang members or youth at risk for gang membership, modify them to be responsive to the particular needs of gang members, and then implement and rigorously evaluate their effectiveness. This award will provide support for the second stage of this effort (which was funded in the initial year with funding from the CDC). The project will have identified approximately four eligible programs at the end of the first stage. For the next stage, with the assistance of the project's Advisory Board, researchers will identify necessary modifications for these programs and work with the program designers to modify each program's protocol.

NCA/NCF

OJJDP's Demonstration Programs Division Grants were established to provide grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance to organizations identified in the Conference Report to accompany the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117) -- H.R. Conf. Rep. No. 111-366.

This University of Maryland initiative recognizes that gang membership appears to facilitate increased involvement in violence and serious delinquency. In light of this, it is imperative to identify effective programs to reduce the level of gang membership and to reduce the impact that gang membership has in facilitating antisocial behaviors. There are no known gang intervention programs that meet current standards to be considered "evidence-based." There are, however; evidence-based programs, for example, those identified by the Blueprints for Violence Prevention project, that have been shown to reduce violence, delinquency, and drug use. The overall purpose of this project is to identify the Blueprint programs that have the highest probability for success with gang members or youth at risk for gang membership, modify them to be responsive to the particular needs of gang members, and then implement and rigorously evaluate their effectiveness. The current proposal requests support for the third stage of this overall effort in which University of Maryland will work with the program designers to modify each program's protocol and begin pilot testing the modified programs. NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 17, 2009