Project Safe Neighborhoods: Strategic Interventions, Eastern District of Missouri: Case Study 7   [open pdf - 528KB]

"Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) in the Eastern District of Missouri is primarily focused on the City of St. Louis, a city that has consistently experienced one of the highest homicide and violent gun crime rates in the United States. [...] The problem analysis revealed very high levels of gun crime in St. Louis, with concentrations in particular neighborhoods. Gun crime typically involved high-rate offenders at risk for both victimization and perpetration of violence. A substantial number of these offenders and homicide victims were under probation and parole supervision. Most gun seizures occurred through traffic and pedestrian stops. The task force also recognized, supported by research, that there were significant gaps in processing gun crime cases and a lack of coordination between local and federal prosecutors in deciding whether gun crime cases should be prosecuted federally or locally. [...] For the district and City of St. Louis as a whole, the PSN strategy consisted of increased federal prosecution. The task force selected 14 neighborhoods, chosen due to their high level of gun crime, for a comprehensive set of strategies. [...] Interviews indicate that PSN changed the business of addressing gun crime in St. Louis, significantly increasing information sharing among local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and consensus among PSN task force members of a shared priority and accountability for gun crime. Federal prosecutions for gun crime increased significantly, and gun crime offenders convicted in both state and federal court received significant sentences."

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