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.

DC Murder Rate Reaches 17-Year-High: 200 Homicides

D.C. Police Chief Robert J. Contee III called reaching 200 homicides “very troubling,” noting “lives that matter in our city were unnecessarily taken away too soon.” The D.C. police union attributed the crime spike to “changes in policing born out of the 2020 summer of social unrest.”

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Why Prosecutor ‘Do Not Call’ Lists Help Curb Police Misconduct

When Baltimore City and Prince George’s County recently released their lists of police officers who would no longer be called to testify in court, it raised more than a few eyebrows. But the real issue is that far too few prosecutors track police misconduct at all, writes the deputy director of John Jay’s Institute for Innovation in Prosecution.

Justice Department Awards $139M for More Cops

The money will be given directly to police and sheriff’s departments as part of a grant program that would bring on more than 1,000 new officers. The announcement comes following the enactment of the new First Responders Act, expanding benefits and education assistance to families of first responders.