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WASHINGTON D.C.-(Ammoland.com)- The U.S. Department of Justice released its “Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Violent Crime” to the Department’s employees on Wednesday.

Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco sent out the document obtained by AmmoLand News. It centers around the Department’s efforts at reducing violent crime. The memorandum separates offenses committed with firearms, which it calls an epidemic, from other forms of violent crimes. The document does highlight the civil unrest that took place last summer and the nationwide lockdown.

The document calls on the DOJ to make law enforcement more accountable to the community. It points to distrust in law enforcement as a roadblock to reducing violent crime because victims do not trust the police. It calls for more transparency and law enforcement to commit to “procedural justice and community policing.”

The memo also calls for the DOJ to issue grants for programs on the local level to prevent violent crime. The directive doesn’t specify if these programs will be government-run or if local non-profits will receive money. Some worry if these grants are given to non-profits, some of the funds will be used for programs that indoctrinate the people to Democrat causes.

In the late 2000s, ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) received multiple grants from the federal government with the mission to help the poor. But the group was using those funds to get Democrats elected to national offices. The effort extended to the election of President Barack Obama. ACORN also faced multiple allegations of voter fraud. Over 400,000 voters registered by ACORN were rejected. In 2009, ACORN field director Amy Busefink and ACORN official Christopher Edwards pleaded guilty to “conspiracy to commit the crime of compensation for registration of voters.”

The memo calls for the Department to focus its enforcement resources on the most significant drivers of crime. Some of those areas are criminal organizations such as gangs, drug traffickers, and domestic abusers. It also lists gun violence in a separate category. Where the other places on the list concentrate on the people committing the crime, gun violence focuses on the tool used in the crime. This separation leads to the question of if a gang member uses a gun in a crime, does the DOJ consider that gun violence or gang violence? Why not just call it “violence?”

The DOJ will form a “Violent Crime Reduction Steering Committee.” The Deputy Attorney General’s Office will chair the group. It will include elements from the Office of the Associate Attorney General, the Civil Rights Division, the Criminal Division, the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, the Office of Justice Programs, the Department’s law enforcement agencies, etc.

The document goes onto strengthening Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). The DOJ launched PSN in 2001 to combat violent crime. The project is a joint effort between “federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officials, prosecutors, community leaders, and other stakeholders to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in a community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.” The group uses data analysis to determine what efforts reduce violent crime and look at lessons learned during its efforts.

The memo encourages every U.S. Attorney’s office to hire a community outreach specialist. This new position will be responsible for interfacing with chief federal law enforcement officers. They will also meet with local and state officers to find ways that the DOJ can better assist those agencies.

The memo states that the DOJ will push for an evidence-based approach to enforcement. It will also focus on intervention programs such as hospital-based violence intervention. The Department will continue to focus on social services, economic opportunities, and reentry programs.

The Department will not aim prosecutions at enforcing “statutes or bringing specific criminal charges.” The memo says U.S. Attorneys should use prosecutions to disrupt violence. It says that these U.S. Attorneys should use a data-driven model and use DOJ grants to work with “criminal justice researchers.” The memo did not have an example of these criminal justice researchers.

The memo calls for the DOJ to look at initiatives run by the ATF, DEA, FBI, and the U.S. Marshals Service. The Department says it will implement changes to those programs to align them with the core principles of the memo. It says these agencies should not concentrate on arresting and charging criminals, which it calls “imperfect proxies of raw numbers.” It calls for a new way of measuring success.”

The programs will be implemented as soon as possible.


About John Crump

John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, or at www.crumpy.com.

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Don
Don
18 days ago

During times of disaster, when democrats are in power, all the grant money will go toward democrat/socialist front groups. If 5% is spent doing effective programs I would be shocked. Biden and Obama are corrupt people. AT least Biden is trying to do what he says, which is counter to the rights of the people. He is slipping mentally, so soon we will have Harris doing the job, and she is worse.

Coelacanth
Coelacanth
18 days ago

Until these tyrannical imbecile Hoplophobes figure out that guns don’t commit violence, they will work their butts off to disarm law abiding folks. It boils down to what tyrants fear the most. An armed citizenry will never be forced unwillingly into railroad boxcars at gunpoint.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
18 days ago
Reply to  Coelacanth

Amen I know exactly what you are saying said the son of German’s born and raised in America. Notice I didn’t say I was German American I said I was American of German heritage. All races should say the same thing. You are born here you are American then what ever your heritage is. Like American Mexican, American African, American Chinese, American whatever. You are an American first the color of your skin just happens to be whatever it is and is secondary to who you are. We are a melting pot of every culture but we can all be… Read more »

Don
Don
18 days ago
Reply to  Coelacanth

Biden is using buses.

coonhunter
coonhunter
18 days ago

To add to Cruiser’s comment, the rest of the people should be taught how and when to use a firearm. Then they can carry concealed or open carry, their choice. That would put the bad guys on notice, you start something you die.

Superman
Superman
18 days ago
Reply to  coonhunter

Nope; that is not the way it works. But thanks for playing.

Cruiser
Cruiser
18 days ago

Three reasons for violent crime, are #1 mental illness, #2 lack of conscious,
#3 lack of education (knowing right from wrong, taught in the home).

Last edited 18 days ago by Cruiser
Darkman
Darkman
19 days ago

The solution to Violent Criminals seems pretty simple to me. Once convicted of a violent crime. The criminal is immediately executed with the video broadcast LIVE on C-Span 1 and 2 as well as being broadcast to every jail and prison in the United States. In doing this a clear message is sent that Violent Criminals will not be tolerated in Society and will guarantee No Recidivism in regards to Violent Offenders.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
18 days ago
Reply to  Darkman

My God were you raised by German parents like me because we both come from the school of the same exact thought. AMEN!
The only thing I would add is that you do it at Time Square and put it on each and every screen in town and have a ball that goes up in the air very slowly timed to the criminals death and when it reaches the top he/she is dead and all the screens in time square and on tv should say. COMMON SENSE CRIMINAL CONTROL, ONE STEP CLOSER TO A SAFER AMERICA

Last edited 18 days ago by musicman44mag
Superman
Superman
18 days ago
Reply to  Darkman

How often do you hallucinate?

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
19 days ago

Distrust in law enforcement is a road block to reducing violent crime? I seriously doubt it! I think that not being afraid and not caring about the consequences of your action is the problem. Knowing that you can get reductions in your penalties and if you are a minor that the playing field for crime is better for you than an adult including no death penalty and time off for good behavior and no hard time adds to the problem of higher crime. We have become to lenient on crime and tolerate too much because we have excuses for the… Read more »

Cruiser
Cruiser
18 days ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

Amen!