SHAVAR JEFFRIES UNVEILS PUBLIC SAFETY PLAN FOR NEWARK

The Jeffries Plan for Safe Streets and Neighborhoods intends to tackle city's crime dilemma; former AG Anne Milgram calls Jeffries Plan, "Innovative...bold."

 

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View the Jeffries Plan here.

October 23, 2013 - Newark, NJ - Former Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries, was joined by residents and some members of his campaign's public safety committee who are experts in the field of criminal justice to unveil his plan to combat crime and improve public safety in the city of Newark.  

"My safety plan reflects some of the best thinking in the country," said Jeffries. "Newark's public safety problems, simply put, cannot be fixed by tinkering at the edges of its policing model and police department.

"Our focus is on public safety - which includes crime, disorder, and fear­-of­-crime - not just crime. We can only fix problems if we understand them." 

Former Attorney General Anne Milgram said: "The Jeffries Plan for Safe Streets and Neighborhoods is innovative, bold, and based on proven programs that have been successful in cities similar to Newark. It seeks to make every street, every block, and every neighborhood safe, and to bring transformative change to critical areas like violence prevention, pretrial, probation, and youth at risk. I worked with Shavar to implement the state of New Jersey's crime plan, and I know he has what it takes to get this done and to give Newark residents the safe and strong community that they deserve."

Jeffries was joined by the former New Jersey director of Gangs, Guns and Violent Crime, Jose Cordero; Veleria Lawson, the former executive director of the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission; Jiles Ship, the former Plainfield Police Director and former president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); and Joseph Shields, the former executive director of the New Jersey State Parole Board.

Focusing on three major componenets - prevention, enforcement and re-entry - the Jeffries Plan identifies 22 key elements and essential policy initiatives to support its implementation. Highlights include:

  • Prevention - reform of the pretrial system developing risk-assessment tools based on proven models that accurately identify the nature of the safety risk posed by individual offenders
  • Enforcement - will launch a mult-agency collaborative effort targeting gangs organized around guns, drugs and violence
  • Re-entry - probation reform whereby the city will work with the courts as well as other county and state partners to launch an aggressive pilot probationary program 

"Shavar's plan is one that encompasses the best practices and lessons that have achieved success in other major cities," said Jose Cordero, also the former East Orange Police Director. "These strategies have been carefully researched, tested and vetted in New Jersey. I believe these proposals are ones that the residents of Newark will want for their city."

"The data related to juvenile offenses and recidivism has long revealed that youth who increase their level of education and job skills are less likely to commit new offenses," said Ms. Lawson. "As Assistant Attorney General, Shavar demonstrated a unique understanding of the youth involved with the Juvenile Justice Commission. He understood that it would require the collective efforts of many to address the myriad of issues that affect youthful offenders. The Jeffries Plan does that."

Crime in the city of Newark has been increasing in recent years, particularly after the city laid off over 170 police officers, with the South Ward bearing the brunt of incidents. In the past two months, Newark has seen an uptick in homicides. Yesterday, the city's West Ward tallied four homicides in less than one day; last week, five homicides appeared on city streets in just 72 hours; and early September saw a record-breaking ten killings in ten days. 

"We have seen the safety of our streets and neighborhoods unravel in recent times, and it is time that we get this right," said Jeffries. "We can't fumble the ball yet again. We need proven leadership and a real plan, not more political posturing and special interest group's wish lists disguised as public safety plans. We have to put decisive and comprehensive solutions ahead of politics."

Jeffries served as Assistant Attorney General and Counsel to New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram. In his role as the department's third most senior official, Shavar was part of the leadership team that implemented the Attorney General's state crime plan. Shavar oversaw the team that, among other successes, produced a 26% reduction in recidivism for ex-offenders, doubled the graduation rate for juvenile offenders and reduced violent crime throughout the state for three years in a row.

A fifth-generation Newarker, Jeffries was raised and currently resides in the South Ward with his family.   

View the Jeffries Plan here.
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