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BREAKING THE ROUTINE: ASSESSING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A MULTI-NEIGHBORHOOD ANTICRIME INITIATIVE THROUGH QUALITATIVE INTERVIEWING

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Abstract:

This paper reports on the evaluation of a key component of the comprehensive anticrime initiative currently undertaken in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Community Partners Program is the programmatic approach designed by the HIDTA/Safe and Sound Initiative to deal with crime and disorder in twenty of the highest crime, lowest income areas of the city. Quantitative data collection constraints favored the use of qualitative research for assessing the efficacy of the Community Partners' strategy in achieving desired results. Focus group interviewing, in particular, proved to be an effective method for conducting process-focused criminal justice evaluation research. Through systematic analysis of transcribed focus group interviews, the researcher was able to identify significant trends and patterns in the way participating residents related to the block-by-block organizing efforts and other crime prevention activities of the Community Partners. The evaluation indicates tangible benefits that neighborhood residents attribute to the program, the activities implemented, and the changes desired and achieved.

Keywords: Community problem solving; Crime prevention; Fear of crime and disorder; Inner city crime control; Neighborhood-based interventions; Quality of life policing

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/08884310214025

Affiliations: Criminology and Law Studies, Marquette University, P.O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881, USA

Publication date: 2002-01-01

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