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Project 110%



Project 110% provided a broad spectrum of services for specific groups of youth and adults in the focus area (two zip codes) of Raleigh, NC, an area characterized by elevated gang violence. The targeted individuals included potential victims, high risk youth, both non-violent and violent criminal gang members, incarcerated or deported gang members, and inmates returning from confinement. Parallel services consisted of global prevention, targeted prevention, intervention, law enforcement suppression, intensive intervention, and supportive interpersonal networks. The program integrated Prevention, Intervention, Re-entry, and Enforcement components, coupled with Outreach Workers.

In this large-scale undertaking, Project 110% set out to achieve several broad goals: to make collaboration the norm among service providers, to lower barriers to services, to encourage sustainability, to alter criminal careers of individuals, and to reduce gang-related crime in the southeast Raleigh target area. Collaborative problem solving became the norm among many service providers, shifting from “silo” maintenance to “team-player” modes of service delivery. Many service providers no longer disqualify applicants with criminal backgrounds and gang affiliations. Altogether more than 1,000 individuals and their families received services in the 4-year funded period. More than 200 target youth returned to high school, 88 of which earned GED’s.

Gang crime, including violence, decreased significantly from 2008 to 2012 in the Project 110% focus area in comparison with the city as a whole. Gang-related crimes were reduced sharply, by 43% both in the target area and city-wide, including murders, which decreased from 14 in 2008 to just 2 in 2011 in the target area. In the Project 110% focus area, the percentage of gang-related crimes decreased from 9% to 5% during 2008-2012. The project also demonstrated favorable cost-benefits. For every $1 spent on Project 110%, there was a $135 reduction in the cost of gang-related crime in the focus area, and a $325 impact per $1 spent in Raleigh as a whole.

Risk Factors


Antisocial/delinquent beliefs

Conduct disorders (authority conflict/rebellious/stubborn/disruptive/antisocial)

Drug dealing

Early dating/sexual activity/fatherhood

Exposure to firearm violence

Few social ties (involved in social activities, popularity)

General delinquency involvement

High alcohol/drug use

High drug dealing


Illegal gun ownership/carrying

Lack of guilt and empathy

Life stressors

Makes excuses for delinquent behavior (neutralization)

Mental health problems

Physical violence/aggression

Violence at age 13

Violent victimization


Antisocial parents

Broken home/changes in caretaker

Child maltreatment (abuse or neglect)

Delinquent siblings

Family history of problem behavior/criminal involvement

Family poverty/low family socioeconomic status

Family violence (child maltreatment, partner violence, conflict)

Having a teenage mother

High parental stress/maternal depression

Lack of orderly and structured activities within the family

Living in a small house

Low parental attachment to child/adolescent

Low parental education

Parental use of physical punishment/harsh and/or erratic discipline practices

Per capita family income

Poor parental supervision (control, monitoring, and child management)

Poor parent-child relations or communication



Frequent school transitions

Frequent truancy/absences/suspensions; expelled from school; dropping out of school

Low academic aspirations

Low math achievement test scores (males)

Low parent college expectations for child

Low school attachment/bonding/motivation/commitment to school

Poor school attitude/performance; academic failure

Poor student-teacher relations

Poorly organized and functioning schools/inadequate school climate/negative labeling by teachers


Availability and use of drugs in the neighborhood

Availability of firearms

Community disorganization

Economic deprivation/poverty/residence in a disadvantaged neighborhood

Exposure to violence and racial prejudice

Feeling unsafe in the neighborhood

High-crime neighborhood

Low neighborhood attachment

Neighborhood physical disorder

Neighborhood youth in trouble


Association with antisocial/aggressive/delinquent peers; high peer delinquency

Association with gang-involved peers/relatives

Gang membership

Peer alcohol/drug use


National Gang Center: Promising program

Special commendation: United States Attorney's Office, North Carolina Eastern District, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice


Mr. David Barciz
Former C.A.G.I. Coordinator, Project 110%
Wake County Gang Task Force
5520C Kaplan Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone: (919) 809-6913
E-mail: [email protected]


Barciz, D. (2014). An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Suppression: A Collaborative Framework for Comprehensive Gang Reduction. US/Canada: Lulu Press, Inc.

Date Created: April 7, 2021