Past Events

Preventing Serious Violence: Focus, Legitimacy and Common Ground
Center Director David Kennedy presented on the group violence reduction strategy as part of  the Vera Institute’s Neil A. Weiner Speaker Series.  A PodCast of this event will be posted here soon.


Occasional Series: Symposium
George L. Kelling: “Lest I Forget”
December 6, 2011

George L. Kelling—internationally recognized criminologist and co-author of the 1982 “Broken Windows” article that spurred one of the most studied and controversial criminological theories in recent history—reflects on the evolution of police thinking during the last half of the 20th century, beginning with the research of the American Bar Association in the 1950s and carrying through the experiences, and dramatic crime declines, in New York City and Boston in the 1990s.   Kelling also sets out and critiques contemporary developments, trends and fads in the field, such as evidence-based, predictive, third-party and other models of policing.

Click here to view Part 1 of this symposium.
Click here to view Part 2 of this symposium.


Occasional Series: Symposium
Innovations in Crime Prevention: Social Network Analysis and Fostering Legitimacy
September 28, 2010

This symposium highlights cutting-edge work in applied crime prevention. It features the work of Professor Tracey Meares, Deputy Dean of Yale Law School, and Professor Andrew Papachristos of University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Harvard. In collaboration with U.S. Attorney Patrcik Fitzgerald, Meares and Papachristos led the design and implementation of Chicago’s Project Safe Neighborhoods, which reduced homicide by 37% in several of the city’s most violent neighborhoods.

Professor Meares discusses her focus on fostering legitimacy of the criminal justice system, particularly in the eyes of young men of color, as a means of enhancing compliance with the law. Professor Papachristos discusses his use of social network analysis technology to better understand and intervene in gang networks to reduce and prevent violence. Both discuss their recent and current work applying these ideas to reduce violence in Chicago.


 Occasional Series: Symposium
“Beyond Reentry?” The Council of Thought and Action and its role in the drug market initiative of Hempstead, Long Island
April 26, 2010

Open-air drug markets are among the most toxic of public safety problems. They are violent and volatile and undermine communities; drug enforcement frequently poisons relationships between law enforcement and communities. Initiated by District Attorney Kathleen M. Rice of Nassau County, the Hempstead Drug Market Intervention is a nationally recognized effort to eliminate a long-term open-air drug market in Hempstead Village, Long Island in 2008. Evolving out of this project, a rare partnership arose between former offenders – the “Brothers and Sisters” – and the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office. The Council of Thought and Action (COTA) has become a movement working to set new community norms and standards against crime, to move former offenders to successful legitimacy, and to reset relationships between the community, offenders, and law enforcement.

Presenters: Risco Mention-Lewis Assistant District Attorney, Nassau County District Attorney’s Office; Trevis Moore, Carmen Mayo, and Carlos Barros from the Council of Thought and Action (COTA).


Occasional Series: Symposium
Managing Community Interventions 
October 13 & 14, 2009

An introduction to the work of the National Network for Safe Communities by David Kennedy, with project managers from leading National Network jurisdictions around the country reporting on their progress to date in implementing the group violence and overt drug market strategies in their states and cities.

Attendees included: Greg Baker, Executive Director of Community Relations, Cincinnati Police Department Commander; Paul Kennedy, Deputy Chief, Providence Police Department; Meg Reiss, Executive Assistant District Attorney, Investigation Division, Nassau County; Brian Murphy, Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Police Department; Craig Turner, Senior Criminal Justice Planner, Governor’s Crime Commission, North Carolina.


Occasional Series: Symposium
The Impact of Incarceration on Future Criminal Involvement  
May 1, 2009
Daniel S. Nagin, Teresa and H. John Heinz III University Professor of Public Policy and Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University

Occasional Series: Symposium
Putting the Action in Action Research  
March 24, 2009
Dr. Robin Engle and Jessica Dunham of the University of Cincinnati
Captain Daniel Gerard of the Cincinnati Police Department


Occasional Series: Symposium
New York City’s Crime Reduction: Why It Really Happened
December 4, 2008
George Kelling, Professor of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University

Occasional Series: Symposium
A New Response to California’s Epidemic of Gang Violence: Changing State and Local 
October 14, 2008
Paul Seave, Director, Governor’s Office of Gang and Youth Violence Policy, California
John Calhoun, Director, 13-California City Gang Prevention Network

Occasional Series: Symposium
Sentencing, Sanction and Community Impact: A Federal Judge Reflects on a Downward Departure
October 1, 2008
The Honorable Nancy Gertner, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Scott D. Levy, Staff Attorney, Bronx Defenders
Todd R. Clear, Distinguished Professor, Department of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration, John Jay College

Student Forums
The Wire – A Student Forum on Current U.S. Drug Policy and Mass Incarceration 
September 25, 2008
Featured panelists:
Ed Burns, Senior Writer and Co-Creator of HBO’s The Wire
David Simon, Senior Writer and Co-Creator of HBO’s The Wire
Kathleen M. Rice, Nassau County District Attorney
Suzanne M. Corhan, Chief of Major Narcotics Investigations Bureau, Kings County District Attorney’s

Student Forums
Stop Snitchin’: Code of the Streets?
May 10, 2008
Stanley Crouch, Columnist, New York Daily News
Garry McCarthy, Newark Police Director
Andy Court, Producer, CBS 60 Minutes
Eddie Ellis, Executive Director, Center for NuLeadership for Urban Solutions, Medgar Evers College, CUNY
Douglas Thompkins, Professor, Department of Sociology

For an associated report on CBS’ 60 Minutes, click here.

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