Project 110% provided a broad spectrum of services for specific groups of youth and adults in the focus area (two zip codes) of Raleigh, NC, an area characterized by elevated gang violence. The targeted individuals included potential victims, high risk youth, both non-violent and violent criminal gang members, incarcerated or deported gang members, and inmates returning from confinement. Parallel services consisted of global prevention, targeted prevention, intervention, law enforcement suppression, intensive intervention, and supportive interpersonal networks. The program integrated Prevention, Intervention, Re-entry, and Enforcement components, coupled with Outreach Workers.
In this large-scale undertaking, Project 110% set out to achieve several broad goals: to make collaboration the norm among service providers, to lower barriers to services, to encourage sustainability, to alter criminal careers of individuals, and to reduce gang-related crime in the southeast Raleigh target area. Collaborative problem solving became the norm among many service providers, shifting from “silo” maintenance to “team-player” modes of service delivery. Many service providers no longer disqualify applicants with criminal backgrounds and gang affiliations. Altogether more than 1,000 individuals and their families received services in the 4-year funded period. More than 200 target youth returned to high school, 88 of which earned GED’s.
Gang crime, including violence, decreased significantly from 2008 to 2012 in the Project 110% focus area in comparison with the city as a whole. Gang-related crimes were reduced sharply, by 43% both in the target area and city-wide, including murders, which decreased from 14 in 2008 to just 2 in 2011 in the target area. In the Project 110% focus area, the percentage of gang-related crimes decreased from 9% to 5% during 2008-2012. The project also demonstrated favorable cost-benefits. For every $1 spent on Project 110%, there was a $135 reduction in the cost of gang-related crime in the focus area, and a $325 impact per $1 spent in Raleigh as a whole.
National Gang Center: Promising program
Special commendation: United States Attorney's Office, North Carolina Eastern District, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice
Mr. David Barciz
Former C.A.G.I. Coordinator, Project 110%
Wake County Gang Task Force
5520C Kaplan Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone: (919) 809-6913
Barciz, D. (2014). An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Suppression: A Collaborative Framework for Comprehensive Gang Reduction. US/Canada: Lulu Press, Inc.