Crime Prevention in Public Housing: CPTED and the Jersey City Project

Deborah Mitchell Robinson, Valdosta State University
Brian McDonough, Jersey City Police Department

The purpose of this paper is to present information regarding Jersey City's public housing developments and the efforts to decrease crime through community oriented policing and crime prevention programs. With the use of government funding, the Jersey City Housing Authority and the Jersey City Police Department has worked closely together to deelop proactive strategies that would reduce and eliminate drug and violent crime. This paper will present the strategies developed and undertaken in several public housing sites in Jersey City. The success of these strategies will be highlighted, with a look toward the development of future programs.

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Updated 05/20/2006