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Data-Driven Homicide Prevention Program for Youth

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $500,000)

Through the Byrne Congressionally Mandated Awards program, the Office of Justice Programs helps communities improve the capacity of local justice systems and supports training and technical assistance programs and other efforts that strategically target local needs. This program is authorized to organizations identified in the Conference Report to accompany the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010.

The City of Philadelphia proposes to continue their Philadelphia Youth Violence Reduction Partnership (YVRP) efforts in six of the highest crime districts in Philadelphia. Philadelphia YVRP is a multi-agency effort that has been evaluated (Alive at 25, Public/Private Ventures, 2004) and shown to reduce youth homicides. Based upon data showing the disproportionate number of youth involved as either perpetrators or victims of homicide, YVRP focuses on youth ages 14-24 living in the selected districts who are identified as most likely to kill or be killed. Youth will receive intensive supervision, sanctions, supports and other services required by the YVRP model. Services are provided by specially assigned police, adult or juvenile probation officers, and community-based streetworkers. Probation officers have reduced caseloads in exchange for the increased level of services they are expected to provide. Additional supports include educational remediation and job-training and placement. Goals and objectives include: a) serving 750 youth in the selected districts; b) reducing youth homicides by 5% in the selected districts compared to the previous year; and c) securing employment for at least 90 consecutive days for 100 participants. Data will be tracked through partner agencies contracted for data analysis. NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 12, 2010