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    National Network Director David M. Kennedy and colleagues pioneered Operation Ceasefire in Boston during the 1990's. Within two years of implementing the intervention, the number of youth homicides dropped to ten, with one handgun-related youth homicide occurring in 1999 and 2000.

Boston


National Network Director David M. Kennedy and colleagues pioneered Operation Ceasefire in Boston during the 1990's. The intervention was responsible for a 63 percent reduction in youth homicide that came to be known as “The Boston Miracle.” This initial implementation is where many of the main mechanisms of the strategy were developed, including the call-in meeting to communicate directly with group members.



Results


63%

reduction in youth homicide

27%

reduction in shootings among notified violent groups

36.4%

reduction in gang-involved shootings among gangs treated with crackdowns

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The ‘Miracle’ Program That Actually Reduces Gun Violence

January 2016  |  Huffington Post  

"The programs that have best managed to reduce gun violence target the young men most likely to be involved in shootings with a combination of assistance and policing. Almost all of them are modeled on Operation Ceasefire, an initiative that started in Boston in 1996 and ended four years later."
 

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If Guns Threaten Health Like Smoking Or HIV, What Should Doctors Do?

December 2014  |  WBUR Common Health  

A new Massachusetts-based group, the National Medical Council on Gun Violence, says it’s time to go beyond asking patients if they have access to a gun. “If people don’t know what to do when they get a ‘yes,’ then they’re never going to screen for it,” said Dr. Megan Ranney, who helped organize the “Caring for Patients at Risk for Gun Violence: Medical, Legal, & Ethical Issues” conference at Baystate Medical Center on Dec 6th.

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Expanding the Boston Miracle

October 2011  |  Boston Globe  

This Op-Ed argues that the National Network strategies, which grew out of the success of “Operation Ceasefire” in Boston in the mid-1990s, are “how we, as a nation, can and must finally back out of the rolling destruction, by death and mass incarceration, of our cities, our society, and our moral character.”

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Minister Works to Revive ‘Boston Miracle’

August 2005  |  NPR's Morning Edition  

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