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NJ Spotlight

Lilo H. Stainton

21 February 2020

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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Newark's University Hospital began a violence-intervention program in 2017 that counsels gunshot victims immediately after a shooting, and then continues to provide them with services designed to improve their lives a...

Lake Oswego Review

Asia Alvarez Zeller

24 January 2020

Lake Oswego, Oregon, United States

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Oregon's Lake Oswego School District takes a preventative approach to gun violence in its schools. The district's threat assessment team meets with students who have raised red flags, assesses the situation, and, if a...

The Kansas City Star

Glenn E. Rice

Luke Nozicka

19 January 2020

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Within a year of its creation, a state-federal collaboration to reduce gun violence in Kansas City seemed to result in a deep decline in killings. But the program, called Kansas City No Violence Alliance, collapsed by...

WUNC

Adhiti Bandlamudi

15 January 2020

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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Gun homicides in Durham increased an alarming 20% in 2019, but one bright spot was the county public health department's Bull City United program. Since 2016, BCU is credited with reducing shootings by 28% in two area...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

The Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Board

10 January 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Since 2016, Chicago has seen a 37% decrease in homicides with a comprehensive, targeted approach toward violence. The city developed a multi-pronged approach, including a collaboration between foundations and funders,...

The Trace

Champe Barton

8 January 2020

United States

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The ALICE Training Institute provides active-shooter training for schools around the United States. The organization’s website says that 18 schools have had success using its protocol, and yet an investigation by The ...

The Baltimore Sun

Dan Rodricks

1 January 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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When Baltimore put the necessary resources behind a “call-in” program that intervenes with people likely to commit gun violence, from 2006 to 2012, homicides dropped by 30% and shootings by 40%. The program, which no ...

The Trace

Sylvia Varnham O'Regan

13 December 2019

United States

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The ALICE Training Institute, a for-profit offering active shooter training, teaches participants to take a proactive approach to active shooters, differing from the long-held lock down approach. And while they’ve gro...

The Trace

Amanda Loudin

11 December 2019

Ellicott City, Maryland, United States

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Start With Hello, an initiative from the NGO Sandy Hook Promise, gives students the opportunity to diversify who they know and interact with in a long-term effort to prevent school violence and shootings. The program,...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Chris Palmer

6 December 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Starting in 2013, Philadelphia's focused deterrence program was credited with 35% fewer shootings in its targeted neighborhoods. The program featured "call-ins" where law-enforcement agencies would threaten potentiall...

The Baltimore Sun

Jessica Anderson

26 November 2019

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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In the first year of Baltimore's use of an anti-violence program for young men that has proven successful in Boston, the program successfully reached about half its targeted contacts, and from that group enrolled abou...

MinnPost

Jessica Lee

18 November 2019

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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About 40% fewer people were shot in gang-related disputes in Minneapolis during one interval in the first year of the city's Group Violence Intervention initiative. The program uses "call-ins" where people at high ris...

WHYY

Liz Tung

15 November 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Radio

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Of the three most notable experiments testing the effectiveness of police foot patrols at reducing crime, only one – the Philadelphia Foot Patrol Experiment – showed a significant reduction in violence, thanks to a th...

The Real News Network

Jaisal Noor

17 October 2019

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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The Baltimore Ceasefire movement -- which asks community members to put away their guns for specific weekends -- began in 2017 when its organizers had enough of the gun violence in their city. Now, the ceasefire weeke...

The Trace

Ann Givens

11 October 2019

Loughborough, England

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A collaboration between England’s Loughborough University, the UK’s Ministry of Defence, and a company called Foster + Freeman has led to a new technology that can pull fingerprints from shell casings. What was once a...

The Trace

Champe Barton

9 October 2019

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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With gun reform being a key legislative topic, the majority of time, energy, and resources have focused on preventing mass shootings, which amount to just 2-3% of gun-related homicides. The rest affect majority commun...

Connecticut Public Radio

Ryan Lindsay

8 October 2019

Connecticut, United States

Radio

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Connecticut has had Extreme Risk Protection Orders, or “red flag” laws, in effect since 1999. These laws allow citizens to provide tips to law enforcement if they suspect danger or violence, in which case law enforcem...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Ashley Luthern

Sydney Czyzon

25 September 2019

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Milwaukee’s 414LIFE program is treating violence like a public health issue, seeking to interrupt and prevent its spread. The pilot program is a collaboration between the city’s Office of Violence Prevention, local no...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

20 September 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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Oakland’s Ceasefire initiative takes a collaborative, comprehensive approach to reducing gun violence. City officials, community advocates, residents, and law enforcement work together by prioritizing data analysis, m...

The Trace

Brian Freskos

18 September 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago is trying something new when it comes to violence prevention: beautifying public spaces that have been known to be places of violence. The city has launched an official pilot program called Grounds for Peace, ...

IndyStar (The Indianapolis Star)

Casey Smith

Ryan Martin

18 September 2019

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

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Under new leadership, Indianapolis has seen a drastic decline in fatal police shootings. While the new police chief, Bryan Roach, shares credit with his entire force, many credit his new policies for the decline. Init...

The Atlantic

Mark Obbie

11 September 2019

Buffalo, New York, United States

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With support for a New York-based grant program, Buffalo has been trying various evidence-based approaches to decrease violence, especially gun violence, in the city. The grant program, Gun Involved Violence Eliminati...

Vox

Madeline Marshall

11 September 2019

Massachusetts, United States

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While most Americans and politicians from across the partisan aisle support universal background checks for firearm purchases, that system has shown to not be as effective as many think. Instead, states are implementi...

The Trace

Kim Bellware

3 September 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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GoodKids MadCity, an anti-gun violence group that is led by black and brown youth in Chicago is working to create a safer community. Members, most of whom have been directly impacted by gun violence, work together to ...

Teen Vogue

Kim Bellware

3 September 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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A group in Chicago called Good Kids, Mad City is made up of youth who have been affected by gun violence. They offer support and accountability to each other and use the group as a way to cope with the daily violence ...

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