Following a particularly deadly week in East St. Louis, the mayor has enacted a new midnight to 6 a.m. curfew for “the foreseeable future” to keep people off the streets and reduce gun violence. To that end, experts have found that curfews actually increase violence, and caution against using them.
As violence interrupter programs grow in popularity, some research raises questions about their effectiveness. At the same tine, they have been thrust into the middle of a larger debate about whether public safety resources should be focused on traditional crimefighting strategies, including beefing up police ranks.
Government-run deposit accounts for federal prisoners grew by over $50 million this year, concerning critics who say negligence by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)
enables incarcerated people to use this money to finance other crimes, the Washington Post reports.
At a time when Philadelphia and other large urban centers are seeing a surge in homicides and fatal shootings, homicides in the city of Chester, Pa., are down 63 percent this year, and fatal shootings are down 43 percent. What’s Chester doing right?
The Agape Movement, a local anti-violence program composed of people with ties to the community, attempts to reduce crime by intervening in “tit-for-tat” shootings and other conflicts, conducting patrols without guns or threat of arrest, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The deaths of two Baltimore men this year who worked as violence interrupters underscore the under-reported and under-resourced peacemaking role played by community workers, often at great risk to themselves, on the streets of at-risk communities.
Airbnbs can have a positive impact in a neighborhood by generating new streams of economic activity. But community leaders should also address research showing that a high volume of short-term rentals indicates the kind of neighborhood instability that can be exploited by criminals, writes a sociology professor.