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Operation Weed and Seed was launched in 1991 as one of the key strategies of the U.S. Department of Justice’s antiviolence, antigang, and antidrug community revitalization programs with primary focus on high-crime neighborhoods. The three original grant sites—Kansas City, Missouri; Trenton, New Jersey; and Omaha, Nebraska—grew to about 600 sites that received federal funding for Operation Weed and Seed for a specific period of time, up to five years for a maximum of $1 million. At each site, the U.S. Attorney’s Office plays a central role in bringing together multiple agencies at all levels of government to effectively mobilize and coordinate resources in a community. Theoretically, such a coordinated approach should result in synergistic impact and be more effective than isolated service delivery. This ...

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