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The Boston Globe

David Scharfenberg

18 June 2021

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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In the Boston area, the Roca organization intervenes before young men commit violence. Its "relentless outreach" approach is based on cognitive behavioral therapy, an approach that helps people recognize and change th...

The Trace

J. Brian Charles

10 June 2021

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Baltimore's Roca program uses cognitive behavioral therapy, and patience and persistence, to work at changing the thinking of young people at high risk of committing or suffering gun violence. Counselors help their cl...

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Erin Heffernan

31 May 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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St. Louis was one of the first cities to adopt ShotSpotter technology, which uses a network of microphones, software, and human monitors to detect and analyze gunshot sounds. The detection system summoned police more ...

NPR

Katia Riddle

29 May 2021

Portland, Oregon, United States

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The boom in green-energy spending and government grants fuels the work of Leaders Before Legends, a Portland startup that lines up well-paying jobs installing solar panels and the like. The jobs go to people formerly ...

KRQE-TV

Chris McKee

28 May 2021

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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When young people with criminal records get shot in Albuquerque, they may get visited by the police department's Violence Intervention Program: cops and counselors urging the victims to resist the impulse to retaliate...

KSDK-TV

Casey Nolen

26 May 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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While homicides in St. Louis in the first part of 2021 increased over already-high numbers in recent years, three neighborhoods served by a new Cure Violence program showed significant decreases in homicides, assaults...

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Mark Schlinkmann

26 May 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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In the parts of two neighborhoods where the violence-intervention program Cure Violence has been active since June 2020, and a third where it has been operating since January, more than 300 potentially violent inciden...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jo Piazza

20 May 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia police fail to solve most of the city's growing number of homicides, in part because of the no-snitching street code, a byproduct of the community's lack of trust in police. But the streets do sometimes t...

FastCompany

Talib Visram

20 May 2021

New York, New York, United States

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Saturday Night Lights is run by the DA’s office and aims to reduce gun violence by providing organized sports for school-aged kids on weekend nights, when crime often goes up. Active in 20 locations across the city, S...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jo Piazza

13 May 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Philadelphia, public agencies and funding serve homicide victims' families. But grassroots groups target the enormous gaps in services for the survivors of gun violence, people whose unaddressed needs – medical, fi...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

10 May 2021

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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For a city like Philadelphia, with rising violence and a lack of community trust in the police, Camden and Newark serve as examples of the positive changes that come about when outside forces impose the kinds of refor...

Capital Public Radio (Sacramento)

Vicki Gonzalez

6 May 2021

Sacramento, California, United States

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5-15 Minutes

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Advance Peace mentors young people at risk of committing or suffering gun violence, guiding them through a "life map" process to exit street life and set goals for a safer, healthier future. The program, which started...

The Local

Anne Grietje Franssen

29 April 2021

Malmö, Sweden

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When drug-gang violence reached intolerable levels in Malmö in 2017, Swedish crime prevention officials traveled to New York for tips. There they learned about a gang violence intervention strategy in which gang membe...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jo Piazza

29 April 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia's PowerCorpsPHL and a larger program it resembles, Chicago's CRED, spring from one reality: Young men prone to gun violence will readily leave street violence and the underground economy if offered the op...

Dallas Morning News

Krista M. Torralva

25 April 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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The "striking resemblance" between the gun violence problems of Oakland in 2012 and Dallas in 2020 argue in favor of Dallas' adoption of Oakland's Operation Ceasefire approach to violence reduction. By using a "focuse...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jo Piazza

22 April 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia's Cure Violence program uses violence interrupters whose street credibility can mediate disputes before they turn deadly. This program and a related group violence intervention program, focused deterrence...

KUSA-TV

Kelly Reinke

21 April 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Denver police solve far more nonfatal shootings than in the past because they created a special detectives unit to centralize and prioritize such investigations. In its first year, the Firearm Assault Shoot Team (FAST...

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Rosana Hughes

19 April 2021

Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

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Seven years after the creation of Chattanooga's Violence Reduction Initiative, gang violence in the city is down by two-thirds even while other types of gun violence have increased. The program uses an approach called...

Christian Science Monitor

Martin Kuz

13 April 2021

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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MinneapolUS puts unarmed community members on Minneapolis streets to prevent street violence, part of the city's effort to redirect resources from the police to other crime-prevention efforts. Four teams of 20 to 30 m...

The Kansas City Star

Kaitlin Washburn

7 April 2021

Sedalia, Missouri, United States

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Seven teen suicides in one county over a two-year span prompted residents whose lives were touched by suicide to form DeFeet, an educational and advocacy group devoted to the message that suicide is preventable. Thank...

WBUR

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Allison Hagan

7 April 2021

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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5-15 Minutes

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A college professor and a former stabbing victim counsel young men in the hospital soon after they are shot or stabbed. These interventions, based on trust and shared experiences, are meant to prevent repeat injuries,...

The Trace

Chip Brownlee

31 March 2021

Fort Worth, Texas, United States

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VIP Fort Worth modeled itself on a number of violence-intervention programs with a blended approach that has been so successful in such a short time that Texas officials are considering investing in a statewide versio...

The New Yorker

Ian Frazier

29 March 2021

New York, New York, United States

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One of dozens of community-based anti-violence groups in New York City, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence teaches high schoolers classes on gun-violence prevention that carry an underlying message: how to fight their c...

The Kansas City Star

Kaitlin Washburn

Rachel D. Rice

7 March 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Kids Under Twenty One has taken phone calls from thousands of St. Louis-area youth to its 24/7 crisis hotline and has educated many more students at 60 schools in four counties. Teens staff the hotline, a rarity. KUTO...

WLOS-TV

Kimberly King

17 February 2021

Buffalo, New York, United States

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Asheville, North Carolina, police hope to model a violence-intervention program on one in Buffalo, New York, in which police use "custom notifications" to identify people prone to violence. Those notified are given a ...

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