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American University Radio (WAMU)

Matthew S. Schwartz

25 February 2016

Fort Meade, Maryland, United States

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Paying at-risk people to stay out of trouble is the most controversial part of a new D.C. crime bill that also proposes counseling and other services to prevent repeat offenses. But a similar program is already in use...

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Armando Trull

24 February 2016

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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When lawmakers try to tackle gun violence, they often turn to measures like adding police officers or cracking down on illegal guns. But what happens when they treat violent crime as a public-health problem? Counselor...

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Sukey Lewis

23 February 2016

Richmond, California, United States

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With homicides up 50 percent last year, the D.C. Council is backing a controversial new crime bill aimed at stopping the violence. It’s modeled in part on a 9-year-old program in Richmond, California. Each year, 50 yo...

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Nancy Cambria

21 February 2016

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Chronic toxic stress caused by violence in trauma in a child's life can be exceedingly harmful - but can be remedied through building personal relationships and trust.

The Trace

Elizabeth Van Brocklin

4 January 2016

Hookset, New Hampshire, United States

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Spurred by three suicides in one week in New Hampshire, a gun store owner launched the Gun Shop Project to educate more firearm sellers and others on how to spot suicidal customers. Many other gun sellers joined the e...

The New York Times

Sabrina Tavernise

21 December 2015

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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For decades, Missouri had restrictive gun laws, but after relaxing them in 2007, there has been an uptick in gun deaths. Gun control legislation that restricts criminals' access could be the solution.

The New York Times

Austin Ramzy

Michelle Innis

Patrick Boehler

4 December 2015

Australia

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The effectiveness of Australia's gun laws is said to be skewed by its already declining gun violence. The effect is difficult to isolate but new research affirms that the decline accelerated significantly under new gu...

ProPublica

Lois Beckett

24 November 2015

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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In the U.S. 200 black men are killed with guns for every 3 people killed in a mass shooting. Little federal attention is given to urban violence programs even though there exists an effective deterrence program implem...

The Trace

Kevin Mahnken

11 November 2015

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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Research shows that higher rates of gun ownership lead to higher rates of violent crime - countless examples in the continental United States seem to support this. But Hawaii, with some of the highest gun sale numbers...

Chicago Tribune

Dawn M. Turner

28 October 2015

Lyons, Illinois, United States

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Many guns recovered from crimes in Chicago, were purchased in its suburbs. A Chicago coalition of anti-violence activists used this to file a lawsuit against Lyons, leading to stricter gun laws in the town.

New Haven Register

Ed Stannard

24 October 2015

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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Project Longevity, a program aimed at reducing violence by gang and group members, has had a positive impact in reducing shootings and homicides in New Haven, according to a study by Yale University sociologists.

The Trentonian

Penny Ray

18 October 2015

Trenton, New Jersey, United States

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The city of Trenton is trying to reduce gun violence. In Philadelphia, the Healing Hurt People is a hospital-based violence intervention program that employs trauma counselors to help patients suffering from gun viole...

The New Yorker

Sarah Stillman

15 October 2015

San Francisco, California, United States

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Little attention is given to black men who are victims of gun violence but survive and need help. An organization in California is mobilizing all gun-violence victims to voice their opinion on criminal justice reform...

New York Magazine

Margaret Hartmann

2 October 2015

Australia

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The U.S. continues to resist restrictive gun laws. Australia and Britain significantly decreased mass shootings through the banning of certain guns, more restrictive permits, buyback programs, and a national firearms ...

CNN

Euan McKirdy

Paul Armstrong

2 October 2015

Finland

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The U.S. continues to experience mass shootings, and many Americans deny that tightening gun laws will help. However, countries like Australia, the United Kingdom, Finland, and Norway have reduced gun violence through...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Chad Blair

19 August 2015

Hawaii, United States

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Hawaii is one of the states with strongest gun laws and lowest gun death rates. A study found that states with stricter gun control laws, ammo regulation, background checks, and reporting of lost firearms had the lowe...

Christian Science Monitor

Sara Miller Llana

28 June 2015

Selm, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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More-rigorous police training, changing the way officers interact with residents, and requiring more education for cops has helped limit police shootings in Germany, Britain, Canada, and other nations. Their approache...

The Washington Post

Jeff Guo

12 June 2015

Connecticut, United States

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Researchers at Johns Hopkins and Berkeley say that Connecticut’s “permit-to-purchase” law requiring people to get a purchasing license before buying a handgun - despite early criticism - was actually a huge success fo...

The Washington Post

Terrence McCoy

1 June 2015

Richmond, California, United States

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The Office of Neighborhood Safety in Richmond, CA took a radical new approach to urban violence by creating mechanisms to financially stabilize perpetrators of violent acts in crime-ridden neighborhoods - essentially ...

The New York Times

Matt Apuzzo

4 May 2015

United States

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Some U.S. police departments are reevaluating the “21-foot rule” and other axioms regarding proper use of force. “In a democratic society, people have a say in how they are policed, and people are saying that they are...

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Rachel Waldholz

Mariel Carr

12 March 2015

Richmond, California, United States

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Richmond, California ranked among the highest homicide rates in the country. The city created the Office of Neighborhood Safety to engage the community in the effort to curb gun violence and prevent homicides. ONS wor...

Yahoo! News

Tina Rosenberg

6 March 2015

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A program in Philadelphia is pioneering new ways to treat the urban wounded. By seeing it as PTSD, and not pointing fingers, the city is using mental health tools to decrease violence and heal communities.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

20 November 2014

Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia

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Colombia has attempted to decrease murder and homicide rates by setting up curfews for teenagers, forcing bars to close earlier in the evening, and creating gun laws to prevent the carrying of weapons. As a result of ...

The Nation

Heather Tirado Gilligan

12 November 2014

Richmond, California, United States

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Richmond, California's Office of Neighborhood Safety responded to alarmingly high gun violence levels with an outreach approach to young men at high risk of getting shot or of shooting others. Instead of a heavy-hande...

The Post and Courier

Doug Pardue

Jennifer Berry Hawes

Glenn Smith

Natalie Caula Hauff

20 August 2014

Newburyport, Massachusetts, United States

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South Carolina has made little progress in addressing domestic violence in the year since it was ranked No. 1 in the nation for the rate of women killed by men. A series of proposed fixes includes screening for lethal...

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