The Walter Rand Institute been contracted by the Office of Attorney General, NJ Department of Corrections and private foundations to provide planning, administrative support and data analysis for prevention programming aimed at the at risk youth and community based safety initiative.
In 2006, The New Jersey Department of Corrections released approximately 14,000 prisoners. Release statistics show that the state’s poorer urban areas are burdened by a disproportionate amount of this population. Consequences of failure in reentry are of serious concern to policy-makers and all stakeholders determined to increase public safety and quality of life issues for residents. In the United States, two-thirds of the individuals released from prison are rearrested for the commission of a new crime within three years.
In 2007, WRI began work on evaluations of two prisoner reentry programs for the New Jersey Department of Corrections, Office of Transitional Services. The evaluations of these programs will measure impact in re-offense rates amongst a set of selected participants in the program.
The genesis of the Policy Forum came from the Camden Safer Cities Initiative and its experience with a specialized caseload of probationers and adult and juvenile parolees.
This report provides some background on the Camden Safer Cities Initiative, as well as frames the scope of re-entry and supervision in Camden City, summarizes the Policy Forum and recommendations that were offered by the panelists.
To assist the Camden City Curfew Project the Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs analyzed curfew projects operating in Denver, Colorado, Jacksonville, Florida, North Little Rock, Arkansas, New Orleans, Louisiana and Phoenix, Arizona. We looked at how the programs are funded and staffed, as well as how they use volunteers, involvement of service providers, and what type of services are provided to youth. Findings indicate that the Camden project is uniquely dependent upon volunteers and has a relatively broad coalition of partners.
This report, completed in February of 2008 offers three different viewpoints for incidents of Part I crime in Camden City. The report, based on data collected from the Camden City Police Department, provides longer and short term looks at one of Camden City’s most pressing policy concerns.
Highlighting five major cities in New Jersey, this report compares crime statistics from 2000 through 2005 amongst Camden, Trenton, Newark, Atlantic City and Jersey City. Data for these comparisons are collected from the 2000 Census and Unified Crime Reports. Crime incidents and rates in all five cities are compared, broken down into violent and non-violent crimes.
Project Safe Neighborhoods
WRI’s has been awarded two Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) grants as a part of our public safety work in Camden City. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in America by networking existing local programs that target gun crime and providing these programs with additional tools necessary to be successful. This federal funding, awarded by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, has allowed WRI to provide important data analysis and technical assistance to several key crime prevention and suppression initiatives in the city with the goal of increasing the effectiveness of these initiatives.
Using data collected from the Camden City Police Department, The Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs has offered a descriptive analysis of Camden City Juvenile Arrests. Arrest statistics are offered by month, age and type of crime for 2006, while yearly totals are compared to those of previous years.
This analysis of Part I Crime in Camden City is based on UCR Crime Data. Part I Crime is the most violent, serious and frequently occurred offenses (murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson). Some of the findings show that while crime is up in 2006, it is still well below the previous 5 year average.