David Kennedy Visit with NC PSN/Focused Deterrence Sites

David Kennedy, Director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, was in North Carolina in April 2013. As part of that visit, he met with representatives of Project Safe Rockingham County (PSRC) to discuss the focused deterrence strategy in general and then specifically how PSRC could continue to apply the strategy to changing needs in their community. On the second day of Kennedy’s visit, he presented to a statewide collective of representatives doing focused deterrence work. The Middle District (MDAT) and Eastern District Advisory Teams (EDAT) combined their quarterly meetings in the Raleigh/Durham area to make this collective meeting possible and also invited representatives from the Western District to attend.

Special thanks to the United States Attorney’s Offices in all three federal districts for helping to make this combined meeting happen– a first ever! Kennedy’s presentation to the group is included at the bottom of this post. Kennedy reviewed the history of focused deterrence beginning with its roots in Boston as applied to gang/group violence and then discussed the necessary components of the strategy and how the strategy has evolved over time to be applied to other violence issues. On the final day of Kennedy’s visit, he spent time with the High Point Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative workgroup. The workgroup updated Kennedy on the latest with the application of focused deterrence to the problem of domestic violence. Thus far, the recidivism rate for notified domestic violence offenders is around 6% across all levels of offenders.

Special thanks to Dr. Terri Shelton at the Office of Research and Economic Development at UNCG for making Kennedy’s visit possible!

Project SAFE Neighborhoods

The High Point Police Department in partnership with the High Point Community Against Violence, Guilford County District Attorney’s Office, Family Service of the Piedmont, and the Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro have implemented a focused deterrence strategy to combat domestic violence. The initiative known as, Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative (OFDVI) has been in effect 1 year resulting in re-offense rates of only 5-8% across 673 offenders.

Sites within the Middle District of North Carolina (MDNC) have reduced the rate of violent crime in their communities by 7.8 to 60.9% through focused deterrence work. For more information on PSN click to download the MDNC Brochure

Declines in Violent Crime Reported Across All 10 MDNC Sites

Crime data from 2011 are now available via the SBI’s website. All ten PSN sites in the Middle District of NC have demonstrated marked declines in their violent crime rate since the year of PSN inception in the site through 2011. Violent crime rates decreased across sites 8 to 61%. The graph below was prepared for a PSN brochure that will be used in the Middle District showing the trend across sites.

We would love to hear CRC’s share how data is being tracked on the resource side. Violent crime is obviously decreasing, but what are the other success stories based on offender outcomes? What trends are being seen? Please share your experiences by leaving a comment.

Decline in Violent Crime Rate for PSN Sites
Decline in Violent Crime Rate for PSN Sites
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