Scores of American cities have implemented the National Network's strategies with powerful impact over nearly two decades. Substantial research and field experience has proven that these interventions are associated with large reductions in violence and other serious crime.
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The National Network's approach has attracted significant media attention over twenty years. This page features the most recent coverage of our work and a searchable archive of media about the National Network's projects around the nation and abroad.
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August 2015 | CBS Evening News
"It is no secret Chicago has a crime problem: murders this year are up 21 percent. But in one part of town, they're down 14 percent. The turnaround has the sounds of childhood making a comeback on Yvonne Marshall's block. 'All you hear is kids laughing and playing,' said Marshall."
From Chicago, a story of community initiative prompted by police-neighborhood communication.
August 2015 | The Crime Report
From Hawaii to test sites in 28 states, the new swift-certain-fair approach to probation has spread--and continues to grow.
Tags: Swift, Certain, & Fair
August 2015 | The Atlantic
(William Widner / The Atlantic)
"Since 1980, more than 260,000 black men have been killed in America. Mitch Landrieu, the mayor of New Orleans, is on a crusade to stop the killing." Jeffrey Goldberg travels to New Orleans, attends a call-in, and describes anti-violence work in the city.
August 2015 | New York Times
"Earlier this summer, we led a delegation of people concerned about the United States criminal justice system to visit some prisons in Germany and observe their conditions," write Nicholas Turner, president of Vera Institute, and Jeremy Travis, president of John Jay College. "What we saw was astonishing,"
August 2015 | New York Times
The Justice Department said Friday that the juvenile justice system in St. Louis County, Mo., treats black youths far more harshly than whites, and deprives all low-income youths accused of crimes — no matter what race — of their basic constitutional rights.
August 2015 | Savann
Ahead of this week’s arrival of a research team from John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s National Network for Safe Communities, its director, David Kennedy, talked to the Savannah Morning News about how his organization’s crime-reduction initiative is expected to curb shootings, robberies and drug sales in Savannah.
July 2015 | WSAV 3
Police Chief Jack Lumpkin discusses Operation Ceasefire.
July 2015 | WJCL
Savannah-Chatham County Metropolitan Police Chief Joseph Lumpkin gave the media an update on Operation Ceasefire on Tuesday.
July 2015 | WNDU
The Gary Police Department is getting special attention -- and major grant money -- from the Department of Justice.
July 2015 | City & State NY
In an interview with City & State, President Jeremy Travis of John Jay College of Criminal Justice discusses the National Initiative for Building Community Trust & Justice and overall efforts to help police forces do their job without causing harm and regain the trust of the public in many communities across the nation.
July 2015 | TRNS
Recently appointed Attorney General, Loretta Lynch spoke at The National Organization Of Black Law Enforcement Executives’ (NOBLE) 39th Annual Conference in Indianapolis on Monday where she reminded the audience that breakdowns between communities of color and law enforcement can have dire consequences.
July 2015 | MSNBC
Judge Victoria Pratt is a pioneer in procedural justice. She joins Melissa Harris-Perry to explain her progressive approach to working with defendants.
July 2015 | Savannah Now
A group of prosecutors, police, elected officials and community leaders will travel to New York from July 15-17 to meet with a nationally known criminologist and discuss a program designed to help stop violent crime.
July 2015 | CBS Chicago
In Chicago, Englewood residents have been seeing more “Don’t Shoot” signs and less gun violence. Signs like “Don’t Shoot, Kids at Play” are sending street gangs a moral message about the negative impact violence has on the community. It turns out community members, including some gang members, posted the signs after a notification meeting with Supt. Garry McCarthy and other Chicago VRS partners. They seem to be having an impact.
July 2015 | Fox 32 News
Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy has been making a serious difference in Chicago communities, Fox News Chicago reports. Chris Mallette of Chicago VRS, along with police and community members, has spoken directly to several hundred high-risk people letting them know they're important to the community, but that the violence needs to stop. “We believe that the moral voice of the community still exists, it's always existed...it has a profound impact." The approach is promising: it appears to be reducing both violent victimization and offending among those notified. Many are also reaching out for help.
July 2015 | State Journal Register
"It worked in Peoria. Law enforcement identified and prosecuted the very few who drove the violent crime. And law enforcement, together with community voices and leaders, called in people who appeared tempted toward violent crime. These call-ins were open to the public and included messages from law enforcement, social services, ex-offenders, the faith community and other moral voices, all spelling out the expectation that people in Peoria should not shoot one another."
June 2015 | AL.com
Attorney General Loretta Lynch is visiting Birmingham, Alabama, as part of a national tour to highlight collaborative projects, such as the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice and the recently-announced Birmingham Violence Reduction Initiative, based on the National Network for Safe Communities' Group Violence Intervention.
June 2015 | Business Wire
New center provides free training and services in implementing and evaluating swift, certain, and fair responses in corrections across the nation.
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May 2015 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice
John Jay College of Criminal Justice released a report on summonses issued in New York City from 2003-2013. The study offers an in-depth look at summons issuance patterns in the City’s five boroughs and two community courts from data provided by the Office of Court Administration.
Tags: New York City
May 2015 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Over the last nine months, our country has lurched from crisis to crisis concerning police/community relations and police use of force: from Ferguson, Mo., to New York City, to Cleveland, Ohio, to North Charleston, S.C., to Tulsa, Okla., and now Baltimore. Each time, we hear pledges of police department reform. This raises a question: What does a good police department look like?
May 2015 | The Hill
As riots engulfed parts of Baltimore, and Americans everywhere were forced to confront police killings and other brutalities in minority communities, TV viewers and newspaper readers were exposed to a series of polls demonstrating the very different attitudes African-Americans and whites display toward our police. These statistics signal a crisis of legitimacy for our police in the African-American community.