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Shining a ‘Flashlight’ on Gun Crime

Treating minor gun crimes as future homicides has helped to cut down on violence in Houston, and a key tool for investigators is the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network, now much improved from the original program first introduced by the feds in 1999.

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Sessions Vows Expansion of Anti-Gun ‘Project Exile’

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he will expand the use of Project Exile, a program to reduce gun violence that FBI Director James Comey helped start in Richmond two decades ago when he was a federal prosecutor there. “We’ve seen a priority that’s slipped away from firearms on the federal level,” Sessions told law enforcement officials. “Firearms prosecutions have gone down. This downward trend is going to end.”

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MO Settlement Called Powerful Message to Gun Sellers

Missouri gun store paid woman $2.2 million for selling her mentally ill daughter a gun that was used to kill her father, despite being warned it could happen. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence says there are at least 10 similar civil cases pending, including in Florida, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Texas.

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Tackling Violent Crime: What Works, What Doesn’t?

A “Report Card” on evidence-based strategies for addressing violent crime—especially gun violence—can help move us beyond typical “knee-jerk” attitudes and focus on proven solutions.

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Breaking the Cycle of Violence

Could hospital-based trauma intervention offer a strategy for dealing with urban violence? A program called Healing Hurt People (HHP) in the Philadelphia region employs trauma counselors at hospitals to engage victims of intentional violence, such as shootings, stabbings and assaults. “(These interventions) are part of a much broader public health strategy that seeks to intervene in as many places as possible,” says Dr. Arthur Evans, Commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS). The program, […]

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Violence in America: Can We Change This Picture?

Can America prevent or reduce the violence that shatters so many lives—and leaves so many communities and families bereft? The first step in getting there, a symposium at John Jay College was told yesterday, is addressing the social forces and the psychological traumas that create the conditions—sometimes from an early age—in which violence is a first reaction to adversity. In many of the country's most at-risk neighborhoods, young people are suffering a kind of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which is […]