The Weed And Seed Program In The Criminal Justice System

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Weed and Seed Program
Giovanni Jimenez
Northern Arizona University

Weed and Seed Program
The crime trend has continuously increased over the past decades. The increase of crimes and the higher percentage of individuals entering the Criminal Justice System has made the Federal Government to take actions in the issue. The Federal Government has implemented several strategies and programs to help citizens stay away from the Criminal Justice System and to prevent those who have been in the system from reoffending. Programs have target high crime communities and neighborhoods to reduce the high percentage of crimes committed. Providing the community with crime prevention programs and neighborhood restoration actions has caused a positive
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The strategy of the program consist of two parts. First, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors cooperate and work to “weed out” individuals who are responsible for the majority of crimes in the neighborhood. The program attempts to prevent the return of criminals to the targeted are by incarcerating them. After removing the criminal of the targeted area the next step is “seeding” which provides the area with services such as encompassing prevention, intervention, treatment and neighborhood restoration programs (Perez & Roberts, 2015). The Weed and Seed program was first implemented in Kansas City, Missouri, Trenton, New Jersey, and Omaha, Nebraska were crime was abundant in certain areas. According to Dunworth and Mills (1999) the program aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crimes, drug related crimes, and gang activity in high-crime areas. In fact one of the main goals of the program was to create a safer environment for individuals who live in high crime neighborhoods in order for them to live, work, and raise their families without fear of being victims of a crime. This type of programs produce several benefits for the participants by maintaining kids away from drugs, intervene with youths who are involved in gangs, and develops a better life style in neighborhoods that are high in crime. Moreover, the Weed and Seed benefit the residents of the neighborhood by …show more content…
This author believes that every city should have a similar program to target the areas with higher percent of crimes. Targeting specific areas will help the crime percentage decrease while at the same time produce security for citizens. Residents of the area should not live with fear of becoming victims of crimes, and the only way to accomplish it is with the help of the police. Providing services like the ones that the Weed and Seed Program provides would help all high-crime areas to become safer environments. Removing most criminals from the street will help other individuals to recognize that criminal activity is bad. This type of programs will create more low-crime neighborhoods and help more individuals avoid entering the Criminal Justice System.

References
Dunworth, T., & Mills, G. (1999). “National evaluation of weed and seed”. Retrieved from: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/175685.pdf
National Institute of Justice (n.d). “Program profile weed and seed”. Retrieved from: https://www.crimesolutions.gov/ProgramDetails.aspx?ID=166 McNamara, R., & Burns, R. (2008). Multiculturalism in the criminal justice system. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Perez, E., & Roberts, D. (2015). “What is weed and seed and what does it mean to your neighborhood?”. Retrieved from: http://police.hartford.gov/Weed%20and%20Seed

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