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What Will Make Schools Safer?

The spate of school shootings in recent years, including the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., has prompted Congress to give the Justice Department an unprecedented budget that may reach $150 million to improve school safety. Will all of this spending help reduce school violence? Research shows incidents of school violence are on the rise. Following nearly two decades of steady decline, the number of victims of school violence increased about 10 percent from 2010 to 2012, […]

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Are School Massacres Preventable?

Fourteen years ago, President Bill Clinton convened a White House Conference on School Safety. The purpose was to identify the causes of school and community violence, as well as to identify strategies for improving school safety. As a newly elected district attorney, I was invited to participate in the conference. Throughout the conference and for months after that, the participants spent a great deal of time debating access to guns, target hardening and availability of community mental health services. As […]