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James M. Tien & Thomas F. Rich

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Chapter 11: The Hartford COMPASS Program: Experiences with a Weed and Seed-Related Program

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The Hartford COMPASS Program: Experiences with a Weed and Seed-Related Program
The hartford compass program: Experiences with a weed and seed-related program
James M.Tien
Thomas F.Rich

In 1990, the City of Hartford launched the Cartographic Oriented Management Program for the Abatement of Street Sales (COMPASS) program. COMPASS represented a new approach by the city in its attempts to improve the quality of life, especially in those areas in the city hard hit by crime and drugs. A basic premise of the program is that street-level drug sales are a key factor in the declining quality of life in urban neighborhoods and that the best approach to reversing this decay is through the combined efforts of the police, other city agencies, and the community. More specifically, COMPASS employed a ...

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