Safety is a significant concern for families living in Making Connections communities.This report outlines the ways communities in the Making Connections cities work with their neighbors and the formal justice system to make their neighborhoods safer. This resource guide is part of the Technical Assistance Resource Center series.

January 1, 2000

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How safety and justice issues impact people in Making Connections communities.

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    What questions may arise about how to reduce crime and improve public safety systems to gain residents’ trust.

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    Examples of effective community- and system-based initiatives to reduce crime and increase the safety of neighborhoods.

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    Why safety and justice issues matter so much in Making Connections communities.

Key Takeaway

Making Neighborhoods Safer Requires Teamwork and Shared Responsibility

When residents of a neighborhood feel safe and see law enforcement and the legal system as trustworthy community partners, transformation is possible. As evidenced through Making Connections, the most effective approach combines community-driven efforts that help prevent crime and engage youth with: criminal justice agency initiatives that work to build programs that address specific community needs and system reforms that help address issues on a broader level.

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