The Center is actively engaged in crime prevention initiatives in jurisdictions around the country and the world. It is particularly focused on issues affecting our most vulnerable communities: violent street groups, gun violence and gun trafficking, overt drug markets, and domestic violence. It is also focused on repairing relationships between those communities and law enforcement; strengthening communities; and reducing arrest and incarceration.
Much of the Center’s work operates from a framework in which a partnership of law enforcement, community members, outreach workers and social service providers directly engage with offenders to set standards, offer help, and establish clear consequences for continued offending. This framework produced the original ”Operation Ceasefire” intervention, first implemented in Boston in the mid-1990s to address group-related gun violence, and subsequently the Drug Market Intervention, first implemented in High Point, NC in 2004 to eliminate open-air drug markets. It is being further developed for other important public safety issues, including domestic violence.
In June 2009, the Center launched the National Network for Safe Communities, bringing together the more than 50 U.S. cities actively involved in implementing one or several of these strategies and committed to their continued development and broader implementation.
The Center works closely with other crime reduction experts around the country, including law enforcement practitioners, community leaders, and partners at Harvard University, Yale University, the University of Cincinnati, Rutgers University, Michigan State University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the California Partnership for Safe Communities, and others.
The Center’s work is supported by the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Nicholson Foundation, the Victoria Foundation, and the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services.