Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination lowers local homicide rates

02/27/14

In 2012, 67 Baton Rouge citizens were killed on the streets. In 2012, Baton Rouge was among the ten most murderous areas in the United States, with a murder rate higher than Chicago.

Founded in 2012, BRAVE is a program designed to reduce and eliminate violence in Baton Rouge. The BRAVE team conducts call-ins to offer assistance to juveniles wanting to opt out of a life of violence. Social services agencies provide family support, educational services, recreational activities, substance abuse counseling, and behavioral health treatment.

 

Funded in part by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in the U.S. Department of Justice, the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) project is a three year replication of the “Ceasefire” type focused deterrence model of crime intervention, implemented in the highest crime area of Baton Rouge.  This project focuses on cracking down on the worst youthful offenders in the targeted area, while providing alternatives to violence and crime for those willing to accept them.  The BRAVE administration involves a strong collaboration of the Baton Rouge mayor, district attorney, police chief, sheriff, school superintendent, and LSU.  Office of Scoail Service Resaerch and Development (OSSRD) was instrumental in drafting the grant that secured initial BRAVE funding, and has been responsible for various components of its implementation, including bringing stakeholders and relevant researchers on board.  OSSRD is also responsible for conducting the BRAVE evaluation

IMPACT

  • Since BRAVE's implemation, the murder rates in BTR's zipcodes 70802 and 70805 (the city's most troubled areas) have dropped by 20%.
  • Analysts at LSU said that holds true for nearly every neighborhood in those parts of town, some seeing reductions as large as 85%.
  • On a one month moving average, every day in 2013 was less violent than any day of 2012.
  • The 70805 zipcode comprimes 13.5 percent of Baton Rouge's population and is accountable for 30% of the city's homocides.

 

 

MEET THE LSU RESEARCH TEAM

 

Dr. Cecile Guin,

PhD, LCSW, Professor of Research, LSU College of Human Sciences & Education, Director of the Office of Social Service Research & Development (OSSRD),

Principal Investigator

  • directs outcome & process evaluation, coordinates BRAVE activities with Office of Mayor-President, District Attorney's office, law enforcement, & other BRAVE community partners
 

Juan Barthelemy,

PhD, LCSW-BACS, Assistant Professor, LSU College of Human Sciences & Education, School of Social Work, Co-Principal Investigator

  • conducts outcome and process evaluation, performs qualitative interviews, collects surveys to measure community engagement & perception

 

 

Matthew Lee,

Professor, LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Dept. of Sociology and Associate Vice Chancellor, Office of Research and Economic Development

  • Serves as liason to LSU administration & general public about BRAVE data analysis activities, consults with research team about data processes
 

Edward Shihadeh,

Professor, LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Dept. of Sociology

  • analyzes law enforcement data to develop crime trends

 

 

Anthony Reed,

Graduate Assistant, LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Department of Sociology

  • Assists Dr. Shihadeh with analyzing law enforcement data to develop crime trends
 

Tracey Rizzuto,

Associate Professor, LSU College of Human Sciences & Education, School of Human Resource & Workforce Development

  • Analyzes law enforcement data to examine social networks & group dynamics
 

Fahui Wang,

Professor, LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Dept. of Geography & Anthropology

  • Analyzes law enforcement data to develop maps illustrating crime & displacement trends

 

Shaun Williams,

Graduate Assistant, LSU College fo Humanities & Social Sciences, Dept. of Geography & Anthropology

  • Assists Dr. Wang with analyzing law enforcement data to develop maps illustrating crime & displacement trends

 

Elizabeth Winchester,

Research Associate, LSU College of Human Sciences & Education, Office of Social Service Research & Development, Program Coordinator

  • Manages data transfer among law enforcement agencies & research team
 

Jada Thomas-Smith,

Research Associate, LSU College of Human Sciences & Education, Office of Social Service Research & Development, Program Coordinator

  • Assists Drs. Barthelemy & Guin with data collection & program evaluation, coordinates BRAVE campus activities, and assists with community outreach

 

 

 

 

To learn more, visit BRAVE's website here.