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 New Haven 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 fall 2012.
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Project Longevity and our partners in New Haven are playing a substantial role in crime reduction.
Our partners with Project Longevity have helped reduce violence, leading to "half as many New Haveners" being shot relative to a decade ago.
Project Longevity in New Haven is continuing to contribute to sustained low-levels of violent crime. Daily intelligence meetings, custom notifications, and other innovations are supporting the vital work being done.
"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."
Project Longevity in New Haven holds intelligence meetings four days per week to inform any action it takes.
"New thinking about policing instead uses an approach which focuses resources on the small number of people who drive street violence. Michael Sierra-Arevalo and researchers at Yale University analyze one such initiative – Project Longevity – in New Haven, Connecticut. They find that the program can be linked to a significant reduction in the monthly number of group member shootings and homicides."
"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."
NNSC Director David Kennedy published an op-ed praising the good work being done in Connecticut by Project Longevity. Kennedy explains the strategy's conceptual roots as well as its real successes in communities across the country.