Denver Post–$2.2 Million Federal Grant to Help Denver Combat Gang Violence

A research team led by sociologist Jeffrey Butts, executive director of the research and evaluation center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, will monitor the work in Denver and in four other communities that recently received funding from the U.S. Department of Justice. Butts said the results could help craft strategies in hard-hit cities like Detroit, where crime stubbornly refuses to ease. "The whole idea is to find a way to tackle what we call a hardened base of crime," he said.