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Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $1,499,993)

The Community-Based Violence Prevention Program provides funding for localities to support federal, state, and local partnerships to replicate proven multi-disciplinary, community-based strategies to reduce violence. This program is authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2012, Public Law 112-55.

Project BRAVE has been designed to reduce and eliminate violent crime being committed by 190 juveniles in a small criminal "hot spot" in Baton Rouge, LA. The National Network of Safe Communities' Group Violence Reduction Strategy (GVRS) model will be implemented under the auspices of the Mayor and District Attorney to target youth ages 14-17 in zip code 70805, which has a violent crime rate 25 times the national average. Project BRAVE seeks to (1) change community norms towards gang and group violence; (2) provide alternatives to criminal offending by the targeted group, and (3) alter the perception of youth regarding risks and sanctions associated with violent offending. These will be accomplished through engagement and educational activities that will increase the social cohesion of the community and forge the development of an authentic police-community partnership; coordination of social service and educational providers who will offer help to youth; and implementation of a focused deterrence approach to community based policing. Short term outcomes include increased informal social control and police effectiveness. Intermediate outcomes include reduction in crime and diverting youth into productive activities. A process and outcome evaluation will be conducted to measure the progress of Project BRAVE.


Date Created: August 29, 2012