Safety is fundamental to the health and vitality of communities. People need to know that their children can walk to school without fear, and that their streets and parks are peaceful places. Safety is also critical to attracting community-minded businesses and keeping residents engaged with their neighborhoods. When communities are safe, local economies can flourish.
By contrast, in places where opportunities are scarce, the likelihood of people getting caught up in a life of crime is much higher. LISC is committed to nurturing community ecosystems that promote the prosperity and dignity of their residents—conditions that keep people from entering the justice system in the first place, and that support those returning from prison to build successful lives.
LISC’s approach to crime reduction focuses on high crime places–neighborhoods and the specific streets or intersections where crime is a serious problem. It brings together partners with different information, perspectives and resources relevant to those problems. In doing so, LISC seeks to reduce crime but also build the trust and infrastructure that make communities resilient and safe.
We also invest in programs that work to keep young people from getting ensnared in the criminal justice system, as well as initiatives to support returning citizens as they reconnect with the community and to help them contribute their talent and experience to the larger society and economy.
An article for Next City looks at the crucial ways a DOJ grant and technical assistance from LISC helped the community of East Dayton tackle opioid-driven crime and disorder.
A Q&A with Mona Mangat. Mona has been a core member of LISC’s community safety team for more than a decade and was recently named National Director for Safety and Justice.
Captain Dean Isabella of the Providence PD describes the partnership of Aleppo Street and the Providence Police Department to help turn a blighted, chronically unsafe area into a neighborhood of opportunity.
Officer Tracie Miller opens a window onto the experience of policing a neighborhood with a history of mistrust of law enforcement, and what it takes to build a community's trust.
A research report on the effects of place-centric crime reduction efforts in Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and Rhode Island.