Community Problem Solving

Community Problem Solving




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Community Problem Solving

Our communities face many different problems which need the law to come in and solve them. These problems emerge from the increasing population whereby the resources are limited. The problem arises when people try to compete for the available resources. Economic factors are taking big percentage in contributing to community problems. For instance, our community has been faced by a serious crime problem. There are many cases of drug abuse, prostitution and also vandalism which has forced the community based initiative to solve this problem. Criminal justice initiative has been of help to the community whereby it has provided measures of reducing these crimes into our society. The initiative has provided alternatives for the youths by organizing sports and marathon to keep them busy. Criminal justice initiative has opened new ways of educating the young people on the risks associated with drug abuse (Clear & Karp, 2010).

Additionally, community based criminal initiative has worked hand in hand with the court innovation to ensure that there are set policies which should be followed by the community members. The initiative has also form community-police initiative to patrol during the night to reduce crime rates and decrease the fear which is experienced in the community. This is the information got from interviewing the manager of criminal justice initiative while administering justice and eradication of crimes in the community. The manager said that this initiative started from the root cause of crimes within the society. They also assessed how important innovation policing would impact on the community. Community based initiative came in in order to take control of how the individuals were punished traditionally from their offenses. The initiative therefore identified the crime rates and introduced new policies of handling the crimes (Morrissey, Meyer, & Cuddeback, 2007).

For the initiative to handle the crime rate in the community, they first introduced questionnaires to some of the community members so that they can get the reason as to why most of the youths are being engaged into drug abuse and prostitution. The answers got form the community indicated that, the crime rates are due to high poverty rate whereby most families are living below poverty line. Others are engaging to crimes because of peer pressure and lack of appreciation within the community. Some of the parents in the community also encourage these crimes whereby they expect their growing children to provide for them. The initiative used the answers got from the participants to find ways of mitigating these crimes in the society. I interviewed the manager in order to understand how he used the information got from the participants to eradicate these crimes. The manager explained that, the initiative saw it’s important to form educational talks which will focus not only to the youths but also to the parents. The manager added that, the educational talks were very effective as they tackled the importance of eradicating these crimes (Clear & Karp, 2010).

The information got from the participants also helped the initiative to form community-police partnerships to deal with drug traffickers. The partnership patrolled day and night to ensure that prostitution is abolished. The venue which supported these crimes was also eradicated by the police. The initiative was dedicated to prevent and solve crime cases in the community. The initiative conducted the contraction of community based court for the law breakers. The manager explained that, in order to introduce an effective method of handling crimes within the society, there must be a court. The court engages the community to be the active partner and report any criminal case within the community. Law enforcement officers were also recruited to ensure that the set policies are not violated. The manager said that it was not an easy task of eradicating these crimes from the society. This was because some of the community members were incorporative whereas others were reluctant to the changes that the initiative introduced (Morrissey & Cuddeback, 2007).

From the discussion held with the initiative members shows that the initiative had the hardest time trying to implement the policies and rules in the community. Information got from the initiative members indicates that, many youths neglected the policies while others violated. The initiative members explained how they had to soldiers in and make the policies and the implemented rules effective. Initiative members also added that, the initiative had to enhance the information they had through further training. The training was important as it entailed information on how to solve domestic violence which led to some of the partners joining prostitution. The initiative was committed to create change in the community and bring peace and justice among the people. Despite the hardship the members got from the society, they managed to impact change to the youths. Those drug addicts were taken to rehabilitation centers so that they can be trained and given other medications (Morrissey, Meyer, & Cuddeback, 2007).

The initiative ensured that the community members are informed on the negative effects of the crimes. Through the organized sports day which brought many young people together, the criminal justice initiative ensured that they talked to them. I also obtained information from the community members concerning the community based initiative. The community members were very grateful with the action taken by the initiative. They said that the initiative has really helped them to get away with the crimes that had been disturbing them. They said that, the crimes were drawing the community development back and it’s from the help that the initiative has given them which have made the area the better place to live. The parents were happy because of the impacted change which was created to their youths. In additive, they appreciated the sport programs created by the initiative which are successfully building togetherness to the youths within the community (Galaway & Hudson, 2006).

In conclusion, the victims also provided useful information thanking the community based initiative because of the rehabilitation they got. The addicted victims were taken to rehabilitation centers where they got trained on how to stay without the drugs. The victims said that it’s because the initiative that they can live without the drugs. The victims are elements of change to others whereby they were educated and can also educate others. The manager also appreciates all the criminal justice initiative for their corporation and commitment they portrayed throughout the mitigation process (Pepinsky & Quinney, 2009).


Pepinsky, H. E., & Quinney, R. (Eds.). (2009). Criminology as peacemaking. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Galaway, B., & Hudson, J. (Eds.). (2006). Restorative justice: International perspectives (p. 2). Monsey, NY: Criminal Justice Press.

Morrissey, J., Meyer, P., & Cuddeback, G. (2007). Extending assertive community treatment to criminal justice settings: Origins, current evidence, and future directions. Community mental health journal, 43(5), 527-544.

Clear, T. R., & Karp, D. R. (2010). The community justice ideal: Preventing crime and achieving justice (pp. 6-7). Boulder, CO: Westview Press.