Media Highlights







U.S. Attorney General Holder Backs Connecticut’s Statewide Strategy Launch
The Center’s group violence reduction strategy received high-profile federal endorsement when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder traveled to New Haven to launch Connecticut’s Project Longevity—a groundbreaking statewide implementation aimed at making GVRS “how we do business every single day,” according to Governor Malloy.


Boston Public Radio 
In an interview on “Unorthodox Ways to Stem Crime,” David Kennedy, Director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control, sets out what it takes to reduce the number of violent deaths and the high incarceration rates that beset America’s most troubled communities.


Peoria Magazines

Peoria, IL, designed an extraordinary outreach effort to generate maximum community involvement and support for implementing the Center’s group violence reduction strategy, including the city-wide reading of David Kennedy’s book “Don’t Shoot” followed by a series of call-in radio shows hosted by Mayor Jim Ardis. Visit the ‘Don’t Shoot Peoria’ website for details, and listen to the radio roundtable discussions.


The Dylan Ratigan Show
In this interview on MSNBC, Center Director Kennedy discusses the importance of finding ways of healing relationships between young black men, their communities, and the law enforcement agencies that serve them.


The Daily Beast
Odd alliances across the political spectrum are changing the way we think about crime, incarceration and their damaging effects on communities.


Elected officials across the nation from both political parties have begun to examine ways to replace a tough corrections policy with a smart one. This article tracks the theories and successful approaches that are at the core of the new thinking, including the National Network’s violence reduction strategies.


NPR’s Fresh Air
In this interview, Center Director David Kennedy sets out the history of the group violence reduction and drug market intervention strategies and explains how they have been implemented with great success in many jurisdictions around the nation.


Los Angeles Public Library’s Aloud Series
In this podcast, Center Director David Kennedy and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck discuss inner-city violence and the launch of the group violence reduction strategy in Los Angeles.


The New Haven Independent

A multimedia forum addresses how to rebuild trust between the community and police and stem the tide of murders in New Haven as the city’s new police chief, Dean Esserman, prepares to implement the Center’s violence reduction strategies.


The Boston Globe
This Op-Ed argues that the Center strategies, which grew out of the success of “Operation Ceasefire” in Boston in the mid-1990s, represent a way of “how we, as a nation, can and must finally back out of the rolling destruction, by death and mass incarceration, of our cities, our society, and our moral character.”


New York Times Magazine
Law professor Jeffrey Rosen sets out how new deterrence approaches, including those developed and advanced by the Center, hold real promise for addressing the criminal justice system’s legitimacy crisis.


The New Yorker
Faced with record murder rates and deep distrust of law enforcement among minority communities, Cincinnati turned to the Center’s group violence reduction strategyand achieved a 40% drop in group-related homicides and an astonishing transformation of community-police relationships.


ABC PrimeTime
Nassau County successfully replicated the drug market intervention strategy in a Hempstead neighborhood that previously had been home to more arrests, shootings, and deaths than just about anywhere else in the state of New York. Watch the summary report below on how police and community joined forces to eliminate drug-related crime or click on the title for the full-length program.


The Wall Street Journal
In pioneering the drug market intervention strategy, High Point, NC, forged a law enforcement-community partnership that not only eliminated drug markets citywide and dramatically reduced related crime but also addressed and repaired historic racial divisions.


The Economist
High Point’s success in closing down drug markets with a minimum of arrests and incarceration demonstrates that there is a real alternative to traditional drug law enforcement, this report argues, and there is a growing consensus among experts that crime can be prevented in a more cost-effective and less damaging way.


The Prospect
Glasgow, the most violent city in Europe, implemented the Center’s group violence reduction strategy with great success, and there are growing efforts to apply it in other cities in the United Kingdom.


The Providence Journal
In 2007, Providence, RI, adopted the Center’s drug market intervention strategy to save its drug-infested neighborhood of Lockwood, achieving not only a strong and sustained reduction in drug-related crime but also a profound transformation of police-community relations.


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