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    Project Longevity is a Connecticut state initiative supported by the Office of the US Attorney. The project recruits law enforcement, community leaders, and social workers to engage in a sustained relationship with group members to reduce group-related violence.


Project Longevity Hartford is part of a Connecticut state initiative supported by the Office of the United States Attorney. Under National Network advising in partnership with Yale University and the University of New Haven, Project Longevity combines community engagement, social services, and focused law enforcement to positively influence group dynamics and reduce violence. Project Longevity conducts call-ins to deliver community and law enforcement antiviolence messages to group members along with an offer of help. The city launched its effort in spring 2014.

News & Updates

Report: Connecticut’s Project Longevity Is Effective Tool Against Gun Violence

December 2017  |  Hartford Courant  

A new report from a gun policy group founded by former Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords highlights Connecticut’s Project Longevity as one of the most effective programs in the nation at combating gun violence.

The state-funded Project Longevity, which has an annual budget of $885,000, was launched in 2012 and operates in New Haven, Hartford and Bridgeport, three cities that account for more than 70 percent of gun homicides in Connecticut. The program targets the small segment of each city’s population that is responsible for the majority of gun crime and seeks to intervene before things turn violent.

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Hartford Police, Prosecutors, Parolees Discuss Violence At Project Longevity ‘Call-In’

May 2017  |  Hartford Courant  

At their quarterly "call-in" meeting, Project Longevity-Hartford urged a group of young men, several of whom had been victims of gun violence, to remove themselves from the dangerous cycle of retaliation and not "let pain consume you and your life."

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Violent Crime Rate Drops in Connecticut, State Analysis Shows

December 2016  |  Wall Street Journal  

"The violent crime rate in Connecticut fell nearly 23% from 2012 to 2015, representing the sharpest decline of any U.S. state, according to the state’s own analysis of federal data."

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Honors, awards, and a call to keep up the fight at Greater New Haven NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner

May 2016  |  New Haven Register  

"The States Attorney’s Office received the Criminal Justice Award for its work with Project Longevity, which works to reduce gun violence, offers re-entry services to those coming out of incarceration and administers anti-bias training to police officers."

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As Mothers United Marches Through Hartford, A Father Bares His Grief

April 2016  |  Hartford Courant   

A Hartford community group is working to reduce gun violence in its neighborhoods. 

Patrick Raycraft / The Hartford Courant

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What cities can learn from New Haven’s fight to rein in gang violence: Seeking Solutions

March 2016  |  Cleveland Plain Dealer  

Project Longevity in Connecticut is proving to be a model for implementation of GVI, with cities around the country taking note.  "Violence in New Haven, a city of 130,000 people, soon declined sharply. In 2011, it had 34 homicides. Last year, it had 15, a decrease of 56 percent. In 2011, New Haven police responded to 426 complaints of shots fired. Last year, officers handled 90, a drop of 79 percent."

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Project Longevity on track

February 2016  |  Yale Daily News  

"New Haven’s Project Longevity program has received national attention in recent years, including a mention by President Barack Obama in a speech last year on criminal justice. Now, the anti-gang violence program is on track to enhance its capabilities after a favorable vote from the Board of Alders’ Public Safety Committee Thursday night."

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In New Haven FBI leader lauds Project Longevity, says nation must work for better police relationshi

November 2015  |  New Haven Register  

"FBI Director James Comey had nothing but praise for Project Longevity in New Haven when he spoke Monday at the Building Bridges Conference. 'I think Project Longevity shows what can happen when law enforcement and the community come together,' Comey said. 'I believe New Haven is a place where some very creative things and work are being done.'"

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Novel Strategy Felled Deadly “Brim” Gang

October 2015  |  New Haven Independent   

"Before 2011 ended, the return of the Wild West to a city that had boasted of taming its streets brought a new police chief to town, a new commitment to community policing—and, eventually a new approach to addressing gang violence in cooperation with state and federal law-enforcement agencies."


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Malloy Applauds Bridgeport’s Drop In Violent Crime

July 2014  |  The Courant  

During a visit to Bridgeport, Gov. Dan Malloy said that programs like Project Longevity is part of a coordinated effort to keep the state's young people safer. Bridgeport's chapter of Project Longevity has reached out to 79 potential offenders between the ages of 17 and 34 — some of them with records of violent crimes — inviting them to group meetings with police officers and other members of the community to talk about the consequences of violent activity and offering to help them find jobs.

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