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Charles Shannon Jr, Community Safety Initiative Projects
Northeastern will serve as Massachusetts’ Statewide Youth Violence Research Partner. Experts from the university’s College of Criminal Justice and Institute on Race and Justice will help local officials determine which crimes are gang-related, develop databases of gang members, and verify the scope of violence attributable to offenders from outside jurisdictions

In addition, Northeastern researchers will work closely with the cities of Boston and New Bedford in supporting their respective anti-gang initiatives. These efforts follow dramatic increases in gang violence in both communities.

The initiative that provided these anti-gang grants is named after the late state Senator Charles “Charlie” Shannon. Mr. Shannon, a Northeastern graduate, served for two decades as a Lexington police officer, before being elected to office.
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IRJ Awarded Grant to Create Human Trafficking Reporting System
Boston, Mass. – The Institute on Race and Justice (IRJ) at Northeastern University was awarded $440,448 by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), U.S. Department of Justice, to develop and implement the first data collection and reporting system on cases of human trafficking. In collaboration with the Urban Institute (UI) in Washington D.C., the Human Trafficking Reporting System (HTRS) will be designed, piloted and rolled out to human trafficking task forces throughout the U.S., starting January 1, 2008.

“Prevention and intervention strategies currently lack a nationwide system that collects and disseminates data about incidents, investigations, arrests and prosecutions,” said Jack McDevitt, Director of the IRJ. “This project will be a groundbreaking way of dealing with this problem and will create a novel information hub that connects individuals and organizations working toward eliminating human trafficking.”

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IRJ Chosen as Statewide Research Partner for Anti-Gang Initiative
IRJ has been chosen as the Statewide Research Partner by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety as part of an $11 million antigang-violence bill the state Legislature passed last fall. IRJ will help local law enforcement determine which crimes are gang-related and develop databases to better track gang members. As part of the initative IRJ researchers will also plan to work closely on antigang-violence initiatives with the cities of Boston and New Bedford.
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