Second Baylor Case Study “Tracking the Milwaukee Violence-Free Zone” (Released March, 2010)
Motor vehicle thefts around Milwaukee public high schools with the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise’s Violence-Free Zone program dropped 25%, researchers from Baylor University say, pointing to a possible side benefit of the VFZ youth violence reduction program operating in eight MPS schools. New data shows overall significantly reduced rates of violent and nonviolent incidents and suspensions in the schools during the 2008/2009 school year compared with pre-VFZ totals.
In 2008 and 2009, Baylor University researchers examined six Milwaukee public high schools that had the VFZ program for the full 2007/2008 school year and compared them pre-and post-VFZ. Three of the schools are large single faculty (Regular VFZ); and three schools have two or more sub-division schools housed on the same campus (Sub-division VFZ). The researchers concluded that there was an immediate effect of the VFZ on the schools in three areas: improved safety, increased presence of students (reductions in suspensions and truancies) and improved academic performance.
Reductions in incidents, suspensions, truancies, after one year of the VFZ in George Wythe High School as reported by school officials. Also, Richmond Police Department reports on reductions in arrests, incidents, and motor vehicle thefts near the school credited to the VFZ program.
Comparisons of incidents of violence, gang activity, suspensions and other measures in the first year or two years of the Violence-Free Zone compared to the pre-VFZ numbers in public schools in Atlanta, GA, Baltimore, MD, Dallas, TX, and Washington, DC.
House of Help, Washington, DC, has received training and technical assistance from CNE and has become one of the most important faith-based substance abuse and homelessness recovery programs in the area.