Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he didn’t want to make promises he couldn’t keep to police chiefs at a time of proposed cuts to the Justice Department budget. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson sought more federal prosecutions of gun crimes.
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.”
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.
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, […]
New York City residents have nearly 1.2 million open warrants for minor offenses such as littering, walking a dog without a leash or being in the park after dark. Now—in an effort to reset the troubled relationship between law enforcement and communities—the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office wants to wipe the slate clean. “Having so many of those warrants also puts otherwise law-abiding people in jeopardy of sudden and unexpected arrest, where they could be put through the system, where they […]
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 […]
More than 32,000 people in the U.S. die from firearm injuries each year and about twice as many are injured by firearms— most of them young, male and members of minority groups—according to a study published in a special issue of Preventive Medicine focusing on gun violence. After a decline in firearm violence during the 1990s, the study found that firearm suicides and nonfatal assaults have increased in recent years. Annual costs stemming from firearm injuries exceed $48 billion, write […]
Next year's presidential contest is now well underway. With Hillary Clinton, the acknowledged frontrunner for the Democrats, officially in the race, and a slew of contenders vying (or likely to vie) for the Republican nomination, across a spectrum ranging from Jeb Bush to Rand Paul, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, it's a good time to begin asking where each of them stand on the criminal justice challenges facing the country. In our system, most of the gritty justice […]
Gunfire declined significantly in 2014 in American cities monitored by ShotSpotter, according to a study released recently by the company. SST, which operates ShotSpotter, examined data in 28 cities that used the gunfire detection system in both 2013 and 2014. Instances of recorded gunfire dropped by 28.8 percent, according to the company. All but two of the 28 cities saw reductions in their rates of gunfire. ShotSpotter uses an array of microphones to record, identify and locate instances in which […]