Shannon Community Safety Initiative

Research Team

Project Overview

Since 2006, the Massachusetts Legislature has appropriated funds to support the Shannon Community Safety Initiative (CSI) aimed at reducing gang violence across the Commonwealth. Administered by the Massachusetts Office of Grants and Research (OGR), Shannon provides funding to communities through Massachusetts to address their gang and youth violence problems. In these communities, public institutions such as police and school departments and community organizations undertake multi-pronged efforts directed at five strategy areas: community mobilization, opportunities provision, social intervention, suppression, and organizational change and development. Since 2019, the Crime and Justice Policy Lab has partnered with Northeastern University to serve as the Shannon Statewide Research Partner as well as a Local Action Research Partner to the Shannon Boston site. To learn more, see the Shannon website.