Innovations in Community Based Crime Reduction

CBCR Results

Since its inception in late 2012, CBCR has grown to encompass a diverse network of 74 sites in urban, rural and tribal areas all over the country. All sites share a common goal: reduce crime and increase community safety in specific places within their neighborhoods. Because CBCR emphasizes a comprehensive approach that involves residents in identifying problems and implementing solutions, many CBCR sites also achieve results that strengthen their communities in other ways.

Common results include:

  • Reductions in crime and offending in targeted hot spots
  • Revitalization manifested as a neighborhood beautification, blight reduction, property rehabilitation and new homeowner and business investment
  • Greater social cohesion and community-police collaboration
  • Smarter resource deployment across sectors
Case Study: Austin, TX

This profile of Austin’s 2012 CBCR Planning & Implementation grant shows how the team built stronger ties with residents, revitalized large open spaces, increased support for youth, and created an empathetic and effective way to address an issue of homelessness.

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Case Study: Lowell, MA

This profile of Lowell’s 2012 CBCR Planning & Implementation grant focuses on how the community worked through options for helping local youth connect to services and programs, as well as discussing revitalization and law enforcement strategies.

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Case Study: San Bernardino, CA

This profile of San Bernardino’s 2012 CBCR Planning & Implementation grant shows how the team overcame challenges that included a municipal bankruptcy and the political recall of supporters in City Hall, building new alliances to launch programs that have had long-lasting results.

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2016 Update

Learn more about how CBCR is playing out around the country, including examples of site achievements in crime reduction and community building.

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Featured Story

Read how CBCR enabled leaders in Dayton, Ohio to coordinate a more strategic response to the local opiod addiction crisis.

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Additional Resources:

In the News:

  • Austin, Texas
    This article describes the evolution of the Austin, Texas CBCR effort and the improvements in safety and community-police relations that the Rundberg community has achieved.
  • Brooklyn, NY
    NPR profiles three young participants of the Brownsville Community Justice Center, a CBCR site in Brooklyn, New York, run by the Center for Court Innovation.

The DOJ Bureau of Justice Assistance is supporting data-driven, comprehensive responses to crime in some of the country’s most troubled communities through CBCR.

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