Exploring the Legacy of Comprehensive Community-Based Initiatives: Taking a Closer Look at SafeFutures

Janeen M. Buck, The Urban Institute

ABSTRACT
The SafeFutures Partnership to reduce Delinquency and Youth Violence was supported by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and 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, and most concluded in the summer of 2001. The Urban Institute conducted the national evaluation of SafeFutures. UI's evaluation efforts focused on measuring the success of site-specific efforts across several domains. This paper describes the efforts of these communities to sustain SafeFuture in the months following the demonstration's end, and discusses the legacy of this comprehensive juvenile justice initiative.

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