Evaluating Gang and Drug House Abatement in Chicago

Daniel Higgins, Illinois Criminal Justice Info Authority
James R. Coldren, Jr., University of Illinois at Chicago

The role of the Metropolitan Atlanta Crime Commission (MACC) is examined in connection with its mission, activities and membership participation. This paper will present a major transformation the agency has underwent, how this change came about, implications for law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies and future prospects for the agency. The key element in this transition is that MACC has shifted from a "distanced" assisting agency to one that took upon itself the role of becoming the primary voice on crime issues in the community. This rhetoric is examined against the backdrop of what MACC is actually doing.

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