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Edward Siddons

15 June 2018

United States

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Researchers found that more greenery in urban spaces reduces crime and this idea of combatting crime with good design is part of a discipline called Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, or CPTED. It spread a...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

15 May 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Being in a gang or selling drugs is risky and often poorly paid, but many people caught up in it see too many obstacles in alternate paths to change. Readi Chicago addresses these barriers with cognitive behavioral th...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

8 May 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Most tough guys with guns don’t want to shoot. Trained violence interrupters can therefore jump in and find alternative ways to mediate disputes. Hired from the same neighborhoods in which they work, violence interrup...

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Erick Trickey

21 September 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Young individuals who have lost loved ones to violence and live in violent areas are likely to perpetuate these trends. 'Becoming a Man' and 'Working on Womanhood' are programs that involve mentorship, behavioral ther...

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Nikhil Swaminathan

25 July 2017

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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The Kansas City neighborhood of Ivanhoe was once plagued by blight, illegal dumping, drug trade, gun violence, and neglect; neighbors lived in fear or moved away. Inspired by one compassionate and proactive family, th...

The New York Times

Rikha Sharma Rani

21 February 2017

Richmond, California, United States

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Richmond, California has one of the nation’s highest gun violence rates, so Operation Peacemaker Fellowship tracks and identifies individuals at risk of committing violent acts or becoming a victim of violence. The Fe...

The New York Times

Sonia Nazario

11 August 2016

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

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The gang-driven violence in Honduras has caused thousands to migrate to the United States. In the last three years, with emergency international aid from the United States, Honduras has experienced a 62 percent drop i...

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Leila Atassi

18 May 2016

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Cure Violence is a the national non-profit organization that for 16 years has helped multiple cities adopt strategies for violence prevention that mirror those used in disease control. Programs employ trained “violenc...

Jackson Free Press

Donna Ladd

20 April 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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After going to prison themselves, John Knight of Jackson and Shanduke McPhatter of Brooklyn are living straight and determined to make changes. They work as "violence interrupters" in their neighborhoods, using an app...

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Mark Obbie

13 January 2016

Los Angeles, California, United States

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A growing number of organizations—rallying around victim advocacy—are calling for shorter sentences for offenders and better counseling for victims across the United States.

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John Surico

16 December 2015

New York, New York, United States

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In a year that has seen murder rise in New York, locals are trying to mediate between gang members, in part by using "violence interrupters," who are trained to break cycles of violence.

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Stephen J. Dubner

10 September 2015

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Researchers set out to measure the efficacy of a program called Becoming a Man, which seems to be proving that, for all the billions of dollars spent on complicated anti-crime programs, something as simple and cheap a...

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Trymaine Lee

8 April 2014

New York, New York, United States

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In Brooklyn's Crown Heights neighborhood, an organization called Save Our Streets Crown Heights (S.O.S.) is taking steps to disrupt violence. The organization is modeled after Chicago's violence interrupters, which em...

The New York Times Magazine

Alex Kotlowitz

4 May 2008

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In the earliest days of what has become the Cure Violence model of violence prevention using street-outreach mediators, the Chicago CeaseFire group began hiring former gang members and people recently released from pr...

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