Can DC learn from approaches to violent crime taken by others?
Chicago Police Try to Predict Who May Shoot or Be Shot (New York Times, May 23, 2016)
Jobs for the Young in Poor Neighborhoods (New York Times, Mar. 14, 2016)
Reentry groups invest in ex-inmates to break the cycle of crime (Washington Post, Mar. 2, 2016)
Reentry programs are designed to reduce recidivism — repeat offenders returning to the criminal justice system
Baltimore police, Hopkins researchers form new partnership to study, prevent violence (Baltimore Sun, Feb. 22, 2016)
‘Those projects will focus on assessing the effectiveness of the “War Room” and “B-FED” initiatives launched by Baltimore police and federal law enforcement agencies last year to target violent repeat offenders and gun offenders; deterring illegal gun use and possession; enhancing foot patrols to improve community relations and reduce crime; increasing Baltimore’s system for rewarding residents who provide tips to police; coordinating a summit between district commanders; and improving the Police Department’s recruitment efforts.”
Treating Street Violence As A Contagion, Baltimore Looks For More Than One Cure (WAMU, Feb. 24, 2016)
“The Safe Streets program is another piece of the public-health approach Baltimore uses to treat violence. It resembles a program that began in Richmond, California — one D.C. plans to emulate in its new crime bill. The Baltimore version doesn’t pay cash participants, like the Richmond program, but it does use outreach workers known as interrupters.”
Movement-Building Opportunities for Change: Perspectives on Criminal Justice Reform Today (Nonprofit Quarterly, Feb. 18, 2016)
Police push community outreach, revised anti-violence strategy (Public Source, Feb. 14, 2016)
There’s been a big decline in the black incarceration rate, and almost nobody’s paying attention (Washington Post, Feb. 10, 2016)
An unprecedented experiment in mass forgiveness (Washington Post, Feb. 8, 2016)
How Police Chiefs Plan to Avoid ‘Lawful But Awful’ Shootings (www.governing.com, Feb. 2, 2016)
The new way police are surveilling you: Calculating your threat ‘score’ (Washington Post, Jan. 10, 2016)
Georgia Town Teaches ‘Fight Back’ as Option in Mass Shootings (New York Times, Jan. 6, 2016)
Connecticut’s Second-Chance Society (New York Times, Jan. 4, 2016)
“[O]ver the past 12 months, the state has become a remarkably productive laboratory for justice reform as [Connecticut Governor] Malloy continues to push for government transparency, societal mercy and individual responsibility.”
Which Cities Share The Most Crime Data? (FiveThirtyEightPolitics, Dec. 28, 2015)
“Enter the Police Data Initiative. Born out of recommendations from President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, the initiative was launched in May to encourage police departments to “better use data and technology to build community trust.” As of late November, 27 agencies had committed to providing public access to law enforcement data as part of the initiative. In addition, several large U.S. cities that are not actively participating in the Police Data Initiative have open data portals providing crime information.
Together, these efforts present an opportunity to change the way cities and residents view crime and police work by adding nuance and speed to the data analysis process. The data being made available includes information on crime location, suspects and perpetrators, police response and officer-involved shootings, although what cities report varies. All this information can be used to analyze local crime patterns in near-real time . . ..”
Big Easy Button: App Fights Crime in New Orleans (NBC News, Dec. 23, 2015)
“Residents, workers and tourists can now download a program on their phones that lets them report crime and quality-of-life problems to off-duty officers armed with iPads in souped-up golf carts.
While some communities have turned to private rent-a-cops to fill policing gaps, this approach avoids that blurred line. These are city cops with regular uniforms, weapons and arrest powers — making $50 an hour paid out of special fund.”