The target group is young men in their late teens and early 20s who have already come into contact with the criminal justice system. Roca’s service workers work with law enforcement, as well as parole and probation officers, to identify the offenders who are the most at-risk, the ones least likely to accept help from other programs.
A group of executives assembled by Humana co-founder David Jones Sr. could help pay for Louisville initiatives aimed at curbing the homicide rate. The group may invest in “Cure Violence,” which hires neighborhood “violence interrupters.”
Ten mayors have joined with the Center for American Progress advocacy group to launch a new national initiative called Mayors for Smart on Crime. They say they are committed to pursuing what they call “a fair, equitable, and comprehensive approach to public safety and criminal justice reform.”
Economist Qiwei He of Clemson University, studying 2010-2016 FBI data, found that access to health care decreased homicide by 7.7 percent; burglary rates by 3.6 percent; motor vehicle thefts by 10 percent; robbery by 6.1 percent; and aggravated assault by 2.7 percent.
The newly released 10-year plan takes a public health approach, looking at causes of violence and modeling strategies used in other cities. It aims to curb gun violence, promote restorative justice, support children and families, and bolster coordination of violence prevention efforts.
An evaluation of the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy by the Urban Institute found that gun violence among targeted street groups was reduced by using community leaders and law enforcement in a strategy that combined moral persuasion and the promise of counseling and social services with the threat of criminal sanctions.
Security agency defends a “more involved” pat-down procedure. An official says, “Pat-downs result in the discovery of knives and other dangerous items carried on a passenger’s person on a daily basis.”
A new study argues that innovative crime-reduction policies can lead to an increase in organized crime activities. Even though the impact may be temporary, according to author Iain W. Long of Cardiff University, his findings suggests a shrewd crime boss can undermine those strategies.
New York City ‘violence interruptors’ now use social media to intervene when online conflicts threaten to spill over into violence. Mike Perry and Samuel Jackson tell Crime Report editor Stephen Handelman how they do it in the latest episode of “Criminal Justice Matters.”