Discerning the Legacy of Comprehensive Community-Based Initiatives: SafeFutures Re-Examined

Janeen M. Buck, The Urban Institute
Shelli Rossman, The Urban Institute

ABSTRACT
The SafeFutures Partnership to Reduce Delinquency and Youth Violence was a five-year initiative supported by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). It was designed to further the existing efforts of select communities in reducing delinquency and youth violence, using a continuum of care that included prevention, intervention, treatment, and graduated sanctions. Six communities (Boston, MA; Contra Costa County, CA; Fort Belknap Indian Community, MT; Imperial County, CA; Seattle, WA; and St. Louis, MO) began SafeFutures demonstrations in the spring of 1996. A national cross-site evaluation, conducted by the Urban Institute, was implemented at the same time to determine the success of site-specific efforts. Demonstration funding concluded in most sites in the summer of 2001. This paper describes the efforts of these communities to sustain SafeFutures, and the progress that has been made in the months following the demonstration's end.













The SafeFutures Partnership to Reduce Delinquency and Youth Violence was a five-year initiative supported by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). It was designed to further the existing efforts of select communities in reducing delinquency and youth violence, using a continuum of care that included prevention, intervention, treatment, and graduated sanctions. Six communities (Boston, MA; Contra Costa County, CA; Fort Belknap Indian Community, MT; Imperial County, CA; Seattle, WA; and St. Louis, MO) began SafeFutures demonstrations in the spring of 1996. A national cross-site evaluation, conducted by the Urban Institute, was implemented at the same time to determine the success of site-specific efforts. Demonstration funding concluded in most sites in the summer of 2001. This paper describes the efforts of these communities to sustain SafeFutures, and the progress that has been made in the months following the demonstration's end.

The SafeFutures Partnership to Reduce Delinquency and Youth Violence was a five-year initiative supported by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). It was designed to further the existing efforts of select communities in reducing delinquency and youth violence, using a continuum of care that included prevention, intervention, treatment, and graduated sanctions. Six communities (Boston, MA; Contra Costa County, CA; Fort Belknap Indian Community, MT; Imperial County, CA; Seattle, WA; and St. Louis, MO) began SafeFutures demonstrations in the spring of 1996. A national cross-site evaluation, conducted by the Urban Institute, was implemented at the same time to determine the success of site-specific efforts. Demonstration funding concluded in most sites in the summer of 2001. This paper describes the efforts of these communities to sustain SafeFutures, and the progress that has been made in the months following the demonstration's end.























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