• Impact

    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.


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.

The National Network convenes regular conferences, working sessions and webinars to discuss and promote developments in its core areas of operation, showcase innovations, and set research and development priorities.


Recent Press

Mpls. police announce new transgender, gender nonconformity policy

September 2016  |  Minneapolis Star Tribune   

"Minneapolis police have revamped their policies for dealing with transgender people in a partnership that advocates say likely will continue to evolve, but shows that the city is taking to heart how all of its citizens are treated."

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Finding Common Cause: Victims and the Movement to Reduce Incarceration

September 2016  |  The Crime Report  

"Efforts to roll back mass incarceration are laudable, but they will not achieve lasting change if they do not figure out how to incorporate the perspectives of the justice system’s most vulnerable constituents: Victims of crime."

Tags: Institute for Innovation in Prosecution Strategic Prosecution

Donald Trump’s law-and-order approach won’t make us safer

September 2016  |  Washington Post  

"The research we have shows that we know how to fight crime without using more handcuffs and prison cells."

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

Chicago police rolling out new, mandatory ‘de-escalation’ training

September 2016  |  Chicago Tribune  

Chicago "is now bringing officers in for training that emphasizes "de-escalation" tactics to try to reduce the number of fatal confrontations."

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William J. Bratton: How to Reform Policing From Within

September 2016  |  New York Times  

"There are police reformers from outside the profession who think that changing police culture is a matter of passing regulations, establishing oversight bodies and more or less legislating a new order. It is not. Such oversight usually has only marginal impact. What changes police culture is leadership from within."

Tags: New York City

Diverse group addresses local violence

September 2016  |  Stockton Record  

"About 50 community members crowded into a small conference room at the Conway Homes Community Center, sitting and standing shoulder to shoulder to discuss violence, crime and policing in their neighborhood."

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Community, police together must solve neighborhood problems

September 2016  |  San Francisco Chroncile   

"We are calling Californians to step into each other’s shoes and widen the circle of our concern. Partnership is not an option; it’s a necessity. It’s going to take real leadership to see each other’s point of view, without total agreement, and pioneer new roads that lead to safe, peaceful communities."Michael Short, The Chronicle

Tags: National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice Reconciliation

Minneapolis police to revamp citizen complaint process

September 2016  |  Minneapolis Star Tribune   

"Police officials on Tuesday announced changes to the complaint-filing process, including clarifying confusing language on the department’s website and, starting next month, training officers on receiving complaints. Officials also said there are plans to open a satellite office for walk-in complaints."

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L.A.‘s newest police commissioner calls for a deep analysis of racial profiling accusations

September 2016  |  Los Angeles Times  

"Los Angeles’ newest police commissioner called for a deep analysis Tuesday of how the LAPD handles complaints alleging racial profiling, an issue that has long stirred frustration among some residents and members of the police oversight panel."

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Managing Police Departments Post-Ferguson

September 2016  |  Harvard Business Review  

"Managing a police department is a tough job, and the legitimacy crisis currently facing American policing has made it even tougher. Today’s police managers — from chiefs and sheriffs to sergeants and watch commanders — risk losing officer morale and productivity in the form of de-policing (withdrawing from their duties), and are beginning to witnessrecruitment and retention problems."

Tags: National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice

Fifty years after riots, Watts builds a bridge for minorities, police

September 2016  |  Christian Science Monitor  

"The Los Angeles community has spent a decade forging trust between residents and law enforcement. Here’s what it has learned."

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Minority Youths Mistrust Police. A Brooklyn High School Has a Plan.

September 2016  |  New York Times  

"On a chilly morning in November, Lt. Donzel Cleare of the New York Police Department stood in front of a classroom at Liberation Diploma Plus High School in Coney Island and asked a simple question: 'How many of you guys feel that I work for you?'"Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times

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In Effort To Curb Violence In Chicago, A Professor Mines Social Media

September 2016  |  NPR  

"[Professor] Patton [of Columbia University] is trying to create an algorithm that will monitor and identify who might be the next victim or shooter."

Tags: Social Network Analysis

Milwaukee County D.A. says City is Fighting Crime on the Cheap

September 2016  |  CBS 58  

"District Attorney John Chisholm says for too long the city has relied on cops and courts and not devoted enough resources to prevent young people from falling into a life of crime."

Tags: Milwaukee Institute for Innovation in Prosecution

African-American residents, Raleigh police meet for a conversation on respec

September 2016  |  Raleigh News & Observer  

"Police, city leaders and a district court judge met with more than 50 residents to have a long, often difficult conversation about the treatment of African-American men and boys across the country and in North Carolina’s capital city."

Tags: National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice

Police De-Escalation Techniques Validated In New Jersey County

September 2016  |  NPR  

"Police across the U.S. are re-thinking how they should use force. In Camden County, New Jersey, officers used so-called de-escalation tactics to disarm a man with a knife."

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Minneapolis police to try buddy system on mental health calls

September 2016  |  Minneapolis Star Tribune   

"The program would team Minneapolis officers with mental health professionals."

Tags: Minneapolis

Community Policing: Where Do We Go From Here?

September 2016  |  The Crime Report  

"The stars may be aligned for community policing to finally generate the returns it once promised, but first we must reassess the laws we ask police to enforce—and the environment we ask them to do it in."Ryan Johnson via Flickr

Tags: National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice

Fairness, Procedural Justice, and Domestic Violence

September 2016  |  Center for Court Innovation  

"In this New Thinking podcast, Judge Jeffrey Kremers of the Milwaukee County Circuit Court brings procedural justice to bear on domestic violence. Sharing his insights from the bench, Judge Kremers talks about the importance of procedural justice for both defendants and survivors as well as their families, and discusses strategies for addressing the unique challenges posed by domestic violence cases."

Tags: National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice Intimate Partner Violence Intervention

NOLA for Life 2016 Progress Report

September 2016  |  NOLA for Life  

A report outlining the work of NOLA for Life. 

Tags: New Orleans Group Violence Intervention

A Different Beat

September 2016  |  Texas Monthly  

"On the heels of tragedy, community policing in Dallas remains as valuable as ever."

Tags: Dallas

This Is What It Will Take to End Mass Incarceration

September 2016  |  Slate  

Slate reviews a New York Times story that detailed a significant discrepancies in the way certain judges and prosecutors hand out punishments. NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images

Tags: Institute for Innovation in Prosecution Strategic Prosecution

How California Is Giving People with Criminal Records a Second Chance

September 2016  |  VICE News   

"Though some states have reclassified certain felonies in the past, [California's] Prop. 47 was the first time such changes became available retroactively at such a broad scale."

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

How California Is Giving People with Criminal Records a Second Chance

September 2016  |  VICE News   

"Though some states have reclassified certain felonies in the past, [California's] Prop. 47 was the first time such changes became available retroactively at such a broad scale."

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

Community works toward ‘reconciliation’ at town hall on race, policing

August 2016  |  Chicago Tribune  

"A town hall in Gary wasn't going to solve all of the issues surrounding race and policing in one sitting, panelists acknowledged, but at least they were beginning to talk about it."

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