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NBC News

Kate Snow

14 October 2020

Thibodaux, Louisiana, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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In southern Louisiana's Lafourche Parish, sheriff's deputy Valerie Martinez Jordan used her history as a domestic violence victim to create a countywide program to legally seize the guns of people convicted of domesti...

WUNC

Jason deBruyn

12 October 2020

Durham, North Carolina, United States

Radio

3-5 Minutes

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The nationwide surge in gun violence during the pandemic has forced support groups for grieving survivors to persevere in their work using different tools and strategies in a process that depends on intimate forms of ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

8 October 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago's CRED program (Create Real Economic Destiny) blends effective violence-intervention strategies with economic empowerment, life coaching, therapy, and education to provide the kind of opportunity so often lack...

Virginia Mercury

Graham Moomaw

6 October 2020

Virginia, United States

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Strong local opposition to Virginia's new red-flag law and other gun-control measures did not dissuade some local law enforcement agencies from using the law for its intended purpose: to temporarily confiscate the gun...

The Boston Globe

Jasmine Nicole Olivier

2 October 2020

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Over the four decades that a major Boston public housing development was run by a tenant management corporation (TMC), residents' safety and relations with police improved in ways that serve as lessons today as gun vi...

WBEZ

Elliott Ramos

29 September 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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As Chicago touts the latest in a series of anti-violence police units, a look back at the Violence Reduction Initiative launched in 2012 teaches lessons about how a program that claims credit for falling violence stil...

CityLab

Raphael Tsavkko Garcia

29 September 2020

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Crime-tracking mobile apps give millions of Brazilians crowdsourced data on urban violence, alerting people to dangerous places and filling gaps in government data on shootings, robberies, and other risks. But apps su...

KUNC

Leigh Paterson

29 September 2020

Craig, Colorado, United States

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"Voluntary storage" of guns is a growing movement that seeks to reduce gun suicides while avoiding political clashes with gun-rights advocates by instead promoting safety without government coercion. The Means Matter ...

NBC News

Antonia Hylton

28 September 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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5-15 Minutes

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Outreach workers with CRED (Create Real Economic Destiny) in Chicago's Roseland neighborhood are paid under a city grant to de-escalate and mediate disputes among the same gangs that some of the workers once belonged ...

Chicago Tribune

Annie Sweeney

16 September 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Since the 2018 opening of a trauma-care center near the neighborhoods most affected by Chicago's gun violence, the University of Chicago Medical Center's Violence Recovery Program has helped survivors and victims' fam...

Flint Beat

Amy Diaz

15 September 2020

Flint, Michigan, United States

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In the first full month since it was created to take illegal guns off the street, Flint's Special Investigative Unit seized 64 firearms and made dozens of arrests. The unit's predictive policing approach relies on dat...

The Baltimore Sun

Tim Prudente

11 September 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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After three months of a pilot project putting video-equipped planes in flight over Baltimore, police made arrests in 21% of the 81 cases in which video evidence was provided. The arrest rate is slightly greater than i...

The Trace

Casey Parks

10 September 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Two years after reorganizing a police gun-enforcement unit to focus it on an evidence-based approach to preventing retaliatory shootings, Portland city leaders abolished the unit in a round of police budget cuts and f...

The New York Times

Ginia Bellafante

4 September 2020

New York, New York, United States

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One response to the violent unrest of the late 1960s was New York's installation of a network of swimming pools. The idea: give people a refreshing escape, and a way to cool – literally – the emotions that can lead to...

The Washington Post

Peter Hermann

19 August 2020

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Violence interrupters conducted a dozen meetings over Zoom to negotiate a truce between two warring groups in a neighborhood that went from 11 shootings in 5 months to none for at least 99 days following the truce. To...

Flint Beat

Amy Diaz

15 August 2020

Flint, Michigan, United States

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A privately funded gun-buyback program is one of three core elements of the city of Flint's violence-reduction plan, but research has shown that such programs fail to make a dent in violent crime because the guns they...

The Trace

Ann Givens

13 August 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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The South Central Leadership Academy was started in Los Angeles by a college student who believes that gun violence survivors like him should lead the community response in finding solutions to violence. Its first yea...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Samantha Melamed

8 August 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia's PlayStreets program is a nearly 60-year-old program that began as a meal service during the summer "hungry season," when school lunches are not served, but has evolved into a summer camp on 300 city blo...

Baltimore Magazine

J. Cavanaugh Simpson

5 August 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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In the first half of a six-month experiment, Baltimore's "wide-area surveillance" using video cameras flying above city streets to aid in crime investigations has led to only one arrest. The city's police commissioner...

Spectrum News 1 New York

Clodagh McGowan

3 August 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Under 3 Minutes

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In the nation's largest public housing development, 696 Build Queensbridge uses the Cure Violence approach to mediating disputes before they turn violent. In 2017, its first year, there were no shootings in the develo...

Mother Jones

Samantha Michaels

31 July 2020

Oakland, California, United States

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After two failed attempts, Oakland Ceasefire retooled its approach and since 2013 has been a significant factor in lowering homicides and nonfatal shootings. The program, used in various ways in many cities, identifie...

CityLab

Henry Goldman

30 July 2020

New York, New York, United States

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In New York City, 14 organizations have more than 200 people performing street outreach to intervene in potentially deadly gun crimes in at least 20 of the city's most violent "hot spots." These "violence interrupters...

The Intercept

Brandon Soderberg

Baynard Woods

26 July 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Baltimore’s Safe Streets program, which uses a public-health approach to stopping the spread of community gun violence, mediated more than 1,800 conflicts in 2019 and is credited with preventing homicides altogether i...

The Morning Call

Kayla Dwyer

20 July 2020

Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States

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An anti-violence program served as the spark for a “diaper drive” that delivered more than 163,000 donated diapers to 1,100 families as the coronavirus shutdown took hold, a charity drive enabled by a gang truce – and...

Waging Nonviolence

Loretta Graceffo

14 July 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Nonviolence Chicago uses street-outreach workers to mediate disputes and connect residents of violence-prone neighborhoods to needed services. Its work, amounting to tens of thousands of contacts per year with people ...

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