Department of Justice Gives $4.75 Million to Initiative Created to Reduce Mistrust between Law Enforcement and Communities
Date:  09-19-2014

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In an email received by Reentry Central and others on September 18, David Kennedy announced the launch of the Justice Department’s National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, which was given a three-year $4.75 million grant. The grant was awarded to the National Network for Safe Communities (NNSC). The initiative will be under the direction of Kennedy who is also the director of NNSC. Kennedy listed other principal partners as John Jay College President Jeremy Travis, Professor Tracey Meares and Professor Tom Tyler of Yale Law School, Professor Phillip Atiba Goff of UCLA, and Dr. Nancy La Vigne and Dr. Jocelyn Fontaine of the Urban Institute.

The initiative, Kennedy wrote, "… is designed to advance crucial work to improve relationships between minority communities and the criminal justice system. It will highlight and apply measures to enhance procedural justice, reduce implicit bias, and facilitate racial reconciliation, three areas that hold great promise for concrete, rapid progress."

The Department of Justice stated the initiative will focus on five pilot sites across America and, according to a DOJ press release, “will provide training to law enforcement and communities on bias reduction and procedural fairness and will apply evidence-based strategies in five pilot sites around the country. It will also establish a clearinghouse where information, research, and technical assistance are readily accessible for law enforcement, criminal justice practitioners and community leaders. ” Read more