From 2000 to 2002, researchers at Rutgers University's School of Criminal Justice pulled together a task force — originally called the Newark Violence Prevention Project and now known as the Greater Newark Safer Cities Initiative — to examine the nature of Newark's violent crime problem and take steps to address it.
The Greater Newark Safer Cities Initiative accomplished the following during the grant period:
- It developed a person-centered approach to treating high-risk adult probationers and parolees. It promises comprehensive social services and case management to help them break their patterns of violence, along with swift criminal justice consequences for subsequent violations.
- Law enforcement and criminal justice agencies participating in the initiative adopted a Gun Strategy Pilot Program that prioritizes and expedites criminal cases in which firearms were used.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported this project through a grant of $199,210.