Project Safe Neighborhoods
Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is the anti-gang, anti-gun violence initiative of the United States Department of Justice. It has four primary components.
Project Safe Neighborhoods emphasizes and facilitates cooperative federal, state and local prosecution of firearm crimes, violent criminals, repeat violent offenders and gang related criminal activity.
Law Enforcement Related Links
Project Safe Neighborhoods prosecutors and the Anti-Gang Initiative seek to facilitate the investigation, apprehension and prosecution of members of violent criminal gangs. Where feasible, federal, state and local law enforcement and prosecutorial resources are coordinated to provide a comprehensive law enforcement strategy aimed at eliminating violent criminal gangs and gang activity throughout the District.
Anti-Gang Related Links
Project Sentry is the juvenile enforcement, prevention and intervention component of Project Safe Neighborhood, targeting violent gun crimes. Law enforcement works with community groups to promote educational and recreational alternative activities for young people in our most challenged communities. The goals are to graphically demonstrate the negative consequences of involvement with gun violence, including bodily harm, imprisonment, and destruction of families and neighborhoods. Project Sentry focuses on young people through anti-gang and anti-gun violence presentations at schools, community groups, youth summits and summer camps. Since 2005, PSN Project Sentry has reached over 10,000 young people with the anti-gang, anti-violence message from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
In 2003, one issue noted in President Bush's State of the Union Address was the challenge of offender reentry. At that time, it was estimated that close to 600,000 persons would be released each year from state and federal prisons for return to our communities. The challenge was, and is, to afford them successful avenues for reentry that will protect our communities from the consequences of their return to a life of crime.
PSN in the Southern District of Florida has been at the forefront of coordinating, facilitating and empowering reentry initiatives throughout the District. Project Safe Neighborhoods and our PSN partners have:
A. Sponsored anti-gang violence and reentry focused summits, strategic planning and working groups annually since 2004, 2006 and 2008.
B. Funded reentry activities directly and through our Weed and Seed law enforcement and non-profit reentry partners' activities such as: probation and parole patrol follow-ups; reentry coordinator counseling and service provider activities, driver's licenses, civil rights restoration, job training placement, and job placement and transportation assistance, reentry preparation fairs and community wide reentry fairs.
C. Encouraged the development of county-wide Reentry Coordination Coalitions among our reentry partners including local/state and federal prison facilities, halfway-residential confinement facility, job placement agencies, faith-based institutions, elected officials and the media.
D. PSN has assisted coalitions in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties in publishing county-wide reentry assistance directories and in holding reentry and transition fairs and similar activities aimed at getting service providers in touch with re-entering ex-offenders.
Ex-Offender Reentry Related Links
The United States Department of Justice and the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida have worked with hundreds of agencies and organizations in connection with its community empowerment initiatives. A few of our major partners in Project Safe Neighborhoods are listed below.
United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
Federal Bureau of Investigation
United States Drug Enforcement Administration
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General
United States Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement
United States Marshals Service
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Fort Pierce Police Department
St. Lucie County Sheriff's Department
Martin County Sheriff's Department
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Department
Highlands County Sheriff's Department
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department
City of Delray Beach Police Department
Riviera Beach Police Department
West Palm Beach Police Department
Ft. Lauderdale Police Department
Pompano Beach Police Department
North Lauderdale Police Department
Broward Sheriff's Office
Hallandale Beach Police Department
Miramar Police Department
Florida Department of Corrections
Civilian Government Agencies and Departments
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
Miami-Dade County Housing Authority
Palm Beach County Housing Authority
Non-Profits, Charitable Organizations, Businesses and Educational Institutions
United Way of Broward County Commission Substance Abuse
Helping Hands of Miami-Dade County, Inc.
5000 Role Models of Excellence of Miami-Dade County
Miami Coalition for a Safe and Drug Free Community, Inc.
The Elijah Project
Hosanna Community Foundation
Wayne Rawlins Consulting
The Advocate Program
South Florida Work Force
Legal Services of Greater Miami
Broward County Commission on Homelessness