November 9, 2012

The Department of Community Justice (DCJ) is uniting public safety and community agencies across Multnomah County to deliver one clear and compelling message to adult and juvenile gang members:  Our community will not tolerate gang violence.

Since school resumed in September, DCJ has now hosted 5 community call-in sessions with gang members.  Over 75 gang offenders and associates have participated in the program formally known as: Standing Up Against Gang Violence: NOT ONE MORE DROP! 

Speakers & attendees include staff from the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, Portland Mayor’s Office, law enforcement agencies throughout the County and other community partners. Gang members are not only warned of the consequences of their actions but are offered services and opportunities to get out of the gang lifestyle.  The approach is modeled after a program that has successfully reduced gang violence in Chicago and Boston. 

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