Mission

The National Network for Safe Communities supports cities implementing proven strategic interventions to reduce violence and improve public safety, minimize arrest and incarceration, strengthen communities, and improve relationships between law enforcement and the communities it serves. The National Network is committed to building a community of practice that operates along a set of guiding principles:

First do no harm

Strengthen communities’ capacity to prevent violence

Enhance legitimacy

Offer help to those who want it

Get deterrence right

Use enforcement strategically

News & Updates

  • Chattanooga holds first VRI call-in since Mayor announces Roddy as Chief

    August 2017  |  WRCB-TV  

    Chattanooga held its 11th call-in since the Violence Reduction Initiative began in 2014 and the first since Mayor Andy Berke named Deputy Chief David Roddy Chattanooga’s top cop. Along with Chief Roddy, the meeting's speakers included Public Safety Coordinator Troy Rogers, a federal prosecutor, an attorney with the DA’s office, a former gang member, and a mother who's lost a son to gang violence almost two years ago.

    Tags: Chattanooga Group Violence Intervention

  • Meg Reiss: Criminal justice reform starts with the prosecutor

    August 2017  |  The Hill  

    "Traditionally, prosecutors are seen as measuring success in terms of convictions, plea bargains or the amount of punishment exacted. But prosecutors are rethinking their role in the criminal justice system. In a time where the future of criminal justice reform at the federal level is uncertain, justice delivery at the local level is even more important, and this shift represents a powerful sea change in thinking. "

    Tags: Institute for Innovation in Prosecution

  • 644,000 Old Warrants Scrapped for Crimes Like Public Drinking

    August 2017  |  The New York Times  

    The district attorneys for Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens collectively moved to dismiss about 644,000 warrants, the latest in a string of actions to reduce the number of people passing through the criminal courts and city jails on charges that would otherwise merit little more than a fine or community service.

    Tags: New York City Institute for Innovation in Prosecution

  • Changing the Minds of Hurt People Who Have Hurt People

    August 2017  |  WNYC  

    Risco Mention-Lewis, Deputy Police Commissioner in the Suffolk County Police Department, opens up about her work with formerly incarcerated individuals in the town of Wyandanch, in Suffolk County, on Long Island, in order to "reset the moral standard," as she puts it. She's joined by Micah Danney, freelance journalist, who wrote about her story for the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. The movement is called COTA, the Council of Thought and Action, and was started by Mention-Lewis. She leads weekly meetings, comprised mostly of men who have been incarcerated, where they just talk about their lives, aiming to change minds, and ultimately lower recidivism rates.

    Tags: Hempstead Support and Outreach

  • Kalamazoo holds first GVI call-in

    August 2017  |  MLive  

    Kalamazoo's GVI implementation involves a broad-based partnership that includes the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor's Office, the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Michigan Department of Corrections Probation and Parole, Goodwill Industries of Southwest Michigan, the Northside Ministerial Alliance, and the Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy & Action in the Community.

    Tags: Kalamazoo Group Violence Intervention

  • Three New Books Discuss How to Confront and Reform Racist Policing

    July 2017  |  The New York Times  

    As Yale Law School's Tracey Meares and Tom Tyler write in the anthology "Policing the Black Man," "the more trust communities have in the police, the more likely they are to report crime, provide testimony and help 'to hold offenders accountable.'"

    Tags: Institute for Innovation in ProsecutionNational Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice


NNSC Impact

36.4%

reduction in gang-involved shootings among gangs treated with crackdowns

Boston

42%

reduction in gun homicide through Stockton Operation Peacekeeper, 1997-2002

Stockton

23%

reduction in overall shooting behavior among factions represented at call-ins

Chicago

63%

reduction in youth homicide

Boston

44%

reduction in gun assaults through Project Safe Neighborhooods

Lowell

44-56%

reduction in drug offenses in all 4 neighborhoods

High Point

32%

reduction in victimization among factions represented at call-ins

Chicago

37%

reduction in homicides through Project Safe Neighborhoods

Chicago

22%

reduction in non-violent offenses

Rockford