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‘We’re Not Ready for Police-Free Zones’

Explanations for the rise in violent crime tend to avoid the role police play in crime prevention, argues policing expert Peter Moskos. In the latest installment of the “At the Crossroads” series of interviews sponsored by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, Moskos tells Greg Berman that cops need to be proactive in addressing clear threats like gun offenders.

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America’s Rocky Road to Justice-Informed Policing

The George Floyd killing forced white Americans to confront awkward truths about racial disparities in the justice system, and the police role in enforcing those disparities. In the latest installment of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation’s “At the Crossroads” series of interviews, criminologist and former prosecutor Kami Chavis argues the entire police “ecosystem” needs reform―starting at the local level.

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Can We Build an ‘Infrastructure’ for Violence Prevention?

The small number of individuals involved in shootings within any given community are connected by a web of social relationships in which violence follows the same predictable pathways as any pathogen, suggests Chicago criminologist Andrew Papachristos. In the latest installment of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation “Crossroads” interviews, he explains how that research finding can inform efforts to reduce gun violence.

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View from the Trauma Center: Why Gun Violence Persists

The young Black men most victimized by gun violence can tell us how to stop it, but “too often we ignore their voices,” criminologist Joseph Richardson tells Greg Berman in the latest installment of the Harry Frank Guggenheim “At The Crossroads” series.  

America’s Justice System Needs a ‘Course Correction’: Jeremy Travis

A “once-in-a-half-century movement” to reform criminal justice is underway, says noted scholar and reformer Jeremy Travis. In a conversation with Greg Berman in the latest installment of the At The Crossroads series of interviews for the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, he explains what it will take to make that movement succeed.

How ‘Hot Spots’ Policing Can Reduce Community Violence

The defund-the-police movement has usefully focused attention on the need for alternative approaches to public safety, but there’s no alternative to smart, evidence-based law enforcement strategies, criminologist David Weisburd tells Greg Berman in the latest installment of the “At The Crossroads Series” sponsored by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.

Reducing Violence: Why ‘Simple’ Solutions Won’t Work

As we emerge from the pandemic to face a surge in violent crime, evidence-based gun violence prevention programs take on a new urgency, criminologist Caterina Roman tells Greg Berman in the latest installment of the interview series sponsored by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.

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‘Invest in Communities’: A Gun Violence Researcher Finds Reason for Hope

Shani Buggs transitioned from a career in pubic health to a focus on reducing and preventing firearm violence. The logical connection between the two should underline how we address a problem with deep roots in the traumas suffered by historically under-resourced communities, she tells Greg Berman in the latest installment of “At the Crossroads,” a series of conversations sponsored by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.

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Coping With the ‘Crisis of Violence’

The sharp rise in violent crime in New York City and elsewhere has triggered doubts about how far to go in justice reform. But it doesn’t have to be an “either-or” proposition, says Richard Aborn, president of the city’s Citizen Crime Commission. In the latest installment of the “Crossroads” series of interviews sponsored by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, Aborn explains why.

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A Prison Abolitionist’s Plea: We Need a Better Solution for ‘Egregious Harm’

Marlon Peterson emerged from 10 years in prison with a degree and a conviction that incarceration  is an ultimately futile tool of the U.S. justice system. In an interview for the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation’s “At the Crossroads” series, he tells writer Greg Berman that punishment alone cannot address the traumas at the root of violent criminal behavior.