Evaluation of Indianapolis Comprehensive Anti-Gang Initiative Reentry Program, 2009-2010

Service: Program evaluation

Research Area: Criminal Justice

In 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) initiated the Comprehensive Anti-Gang Initiative (CAGI) to support law enforcement in combating violent gang
crime and promoting prevention efforts that discouraged gang involvement. The
initiative grew out of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a nationwide program
aimed at reducing gun and gang crime through support of existing local programs. DOJ dedicated $30 million in grant funding to support new and expanded anti-gang prevention and enforcement efforts through CAGI. DOJ initially provided anti-gang resources to six cities. In April 2007, CAGI was expanded to include four additional sites, including Indianapolis, Indiana. CAGI provided $2.5 million in targeted grant funding for a three-year period to each selected city to implement a threepronged strategy to reduce gang involvement and crime, which included initiatives in prevention/intervention, law enforcement, and reentry. Approximately $1 million was dedicated to support comprehensive gang prevention and intervention efforts with youth. An additional $1 million was targeted to law enforcement and $500,000 to support reentry initiatives.

In July 2008, the Center for Criminal Justice Research (CCJR), part of the Indiana University Public Policy Institute, was engaged to serve as the research partner for CAGI. This report focuses on an assessment of the reentry initiatives for the CAGI grant to the city of Indianapolis through 2010.

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Rachel Thelin
Thomas Stucky
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