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Christian Science Monitor

Erika Page

8 September 2021

Malmö, Sweden

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Malmö's Sluta Skjut (Stop Shooting) program adopts a group violence intervention approach that has been used widely in the U.S. Gang members and others believed to be involved in street violence are summoned to "call-...

San Francisco Chronicle

Rachel Swan

7 September 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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Oakland Ceasefire's "delicate architecture" balancing law enforcement and community-based responses to gun violence, which seemed to have helped lower the city's gun violence by half since 2012, came crashing down dur...

Triad City Beat

Sayaka Matsuoka

1 September 2021

Greensboro, North Carolina, United States

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Greensboro's version of the Cure Violence program, called Gate City Coalition, has helped reduce homicides nearly to zero in the two neighborhoods where it operates. At a time of escalated gun violence, the Cure Viole...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jo Piazza

5 August 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project started an intergenerational healing circle in 2020 that brought together young men with older men who served decades in prison, after being sentenced as youth. As a for...

CNBC

Shepard Smith

4 August 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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Eddie Bocanegra of READI Chicago describes his group's gun-violence-prevention model. Data from police and hospitals, plus community intelligence, identify those people most at risk of committing or being victimized b...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Vinny Vella

30 July 2021

Chester, Pennsylvania, United States

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Barely half a year after creating the Partnerships for Safe Neighborhoods, the Delaware County district attorney's office and Chester police have seen a sharp drop in shootings. While multiple factors may affect the v...

CalMatters

Robert Lewis

21 July 2021

California, United States

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Two decades ago, California became the first state to create a system to track and seize guns from people no longer legally permitted to possess a gun. Thousands of guns have been seized. But the database of gun owner...

WTVR-TV

Shannon Lilly

14 July 2021

Richmond, Virginia, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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Bridging the Gap is a violence prevention program at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center that emphasizes treating more than the physical wounds of gunshot victims. Starting in the hospital and continuing a...

The Baltimore Sun

Jessica Anderson

Phillip Jackson

26 June 2021

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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South Baltimore's Cherry Hill neighborhood enjoyed its third homicide-free year since the violence intervention program Safe Streets began operation. While a formal evaluation of the program's nine neighborhood sites ...

Gothamist

Elizabeth Kim

21 June 2021

New York, New York, United States

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Stand Up to Violence is the only street-outreach gun-violence-prevention program in New York that centers its work in hospitals. Street outreach is a policing alternative that uses former gang members and formerly inc...

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

Radio Talk Show

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...

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