• 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

Female police officers’ de-escalation skills changing tone in Minneapolis

April 2017  |  Star Tribune  

"The Minneapolis Police Department is rethinking its use-of-force policies, while stepping up its efforts to recruit female officers. Officers are now being trained in alternative ways to control violent or uncooperative suspects before resorting to physical means."

Tags: Minneapolis National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice Reconciliation

Project Longevity brings New Haven residents, police together at forum

April 2017  |  New Haven Register  

Project Longevity organized a discussion panel to educate the public about its work in the city--and state--and start a conversation about how to foster police-community reconciliation in New Haven. 

Tags: New Haven Group Violence Intervention Reconciliation

Pittsburgh focuses ‘community policing’ on 18 neighborhoods

April 2017  |  Pittsburgh Tribune-Review  

Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert: "[With Community policing], you get the familiarity with the officer and you build that relationship, you build that trust. It's going to help in the end by helping partner the officers with the community and hopefully reduce crime, reduce disorder and bring us together.”

Tags: Pittsburgh National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice Reconciliation

The Latest San Bernardino Shooting Reveals A Far More Common Form Of Terror

April 2017  |  The Huffington Post  

On April 10, a murder-suicide at a San Bernadino, California elementary school left three dead, inlcuding the shooter, his estranged wife, and an 8-year-old boy. While much of the news coverage framed the event as yet another school shooting, it was in fact something that occurs several times a day in the U.S.: a case of fatal intimate partner violence. 

Tags: Intimate Partner Violence Intervention

I Just Lost My Fourth Student This Year to Gun Violence. I Want to Make Sure He’s the Last.

April 2017  |  The Trace  

Tammatha Woodhouse, principal of Excel Academy in Baltimore: "I gave teachers an article by [Yale professor Andrew Papachristos]. It’s about treating gun violence as an epidemic, the way we do with HIV. I felt that the important takeaway for my kids was the idea that bad behavior of people in your social network – your friends and neighbors and relatives – can place you at high risk if you’re interacting with them on a daily basis. Some of the students could relate to the idea of changing your friends. Like, “If I don’t smoke marijuana, why am I hanging out with folks who smoke it?”

Tags: Baltimore Social Network Analysis

Criminal Injustice Podcast: What racial reconciliation looks like on the ground

April 2017  |  Criminal Injustice Podcast  

Aseante Hylick, formerly of the NNSC, reflects on her experiences facilitating police-community reconciliation in cities around the US. 

Tags: BirminghamFort WorthGaryMinneapolisPittsburghStockton National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice Reconciliation

Chicago Trauma: Counting Broken Bodies, But Not Broken Spirits

April 2017  |  NBC News  

"Each homicide victim has loved ones, a network of friends or family who are left to pick up the pieces after their death. Some may have witnessed the killing and struggle to reckon with those lasting images, let alone the loss itself. Of all the damage done by gun violence in the communities that suffer it most, it may be the trauma related to the exposure to violence that leaves the most lasting mark."

Tags: Chicago

Minneapolis police chief ranked No. 22 in Fortune’s list of ‘World’s 50 Greatest Leaders’

March 2017  |  Minneapolis Star Tribune  

Fortune: "A 30-year veteran and the city’s first female and first gay police chief, Harteau is the mind behind MPD 2.0, a drive to build trust in the community by putting more cops on the beat. Civic leaders credit her for dismissing cops for misconduct...And Minneapolis was one of the few major U.S. cities to report a significant decline in homicides in 2016."

Tags: Minneapolis National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice Reconciliation

The Mean Tweets of New York: Tracking Gang Conflicts on Social Media

March 2017  |  CityLab  

The National Network's Michael Friedrich: "In New York City, at least 240 shootings and 24 murders last year began online...Add to this that New York City prosecutors have indicted over 700 young people using evidence from their social media accounts and you get a comprehensive picture of the harm done. We need solutions that don’t just respond to violence but get ahead of it."

Tags: Custom Notifications

Criminal Injustice Podcast: David Kennedy discusses the path to police-community reconciliation

March 2017  |  Criminal Injustice Podcast  

David Kennedy: "When I asked the first gang member I talked to behind closed doors about the violence in his community, he said to me, 'The violence [happens] because in my neighborhood the law doesn't work--it never has and it never will.'"

Tags: National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice Reconciliation

How San Bernardino is learning from Oakland, Stockton to decrease deadly violence

March 2017  |  San Bernadino Sun  

On March 6, the San Bernadino City Council unanimously approved an agreement with California Partnerships to implement Ceasefire, the violence reduction intiative that has significantly reduced homicides in Oakland and Stockton. 

Tags: OaklandStockton Group Violence Intervention

Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones: Listening to Our Community in a New Way

March 2017  |  The Record  

"In 2015, the SPD began a process of listening in a new way. When large numbers of people were ready to talk, we listened by holding a series of large town-hall-style events all over the city. When some voices were drowned out by the larger, sometimes raucous settings, we looked for another way to listen. As City Manager and Police Chief, we conducted a listening tour, for anyone at all, individually or in small groups, in their living rooms or our offices, and anywhere in between, to listen to our community."

Tags: Stockton National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice Group Violence Intervention Reconciliation

Survey: How Do People in High-Crime, Low-Income Communities View the Police?

February 2017  |  Urban Institute  

"The survey found that while residents of these neighborhoods are distrustful of police, they nevertheless want to cooperate and partner with police to make their communities safer. A door-to-door survey in high-crime neighborhoods of six cities found that less than a third of residents believe police respect people’s rights, but the vast majority believe laws should be strictly followed and many would volunteer their time to help police solve crimes, find suspects, and discuss crime in their neighborhood."

Tags: BirminghamFort WorthGaryMinneapolisPittsburghStockton National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice Drug Market InterventionGroup Violence Intervention Reconciliation

Initiative lays down law on gun violence in York, PA, offers 2nd chance

February 2017  |  York Dispatch  

On Tuesday, February 22, York, CeaseFire York held its first call-in meeting. 

Tags: York Group Violence Intervention

Meg Reiss: A Task for Prosecutors

February 2017  |  The New York Times  

"Prosecutors have the responsibility to recognize the dignity in the person in front of them, and the authority to base their decisions on that humanity rather than on a single moment."

Tags: Institute for Innovation in Prosecution

John Pfaff: Everything You Think You Know About Mass Incarceration Is Wrong

February 2017  |  The Marshall Project  

In his new book, "Locked In," Fordham University law professor John Pfaff challenges every element of the popular narrative about the United States' broken criminal justice system.

Tags: Institute for Innovation in Prosecution

How ‘Collateral Consequences’ Can Still Hurt After Prison

February 2017  |  The Crime Report  

"Nationwide, 'collateral consequences' for the formerly incarcerated—legal restrictions on whether formerly incarcerated parents can, for example, volunteer in their children’s schools, vote, or get a real estate appraiser’s license—number more than 48,000."


Policy lab opens, releases gun violence paper

January 2017  |  Yale Daily News  

Andrew Papachristos' Policy Lab will be an interdisciplinary social and political science research lab. 

Tags: New Haven Group Violence Intervention

Newly-elected district attorneys are putting reform initiatives into action

January 2017  |  The Marshall Project  

In jurisdictions around the country, incoming district attorneys, who campaigned on less-punitive sentences, marijuana decriminalization, opposition to the death penalty, and charging fewer juveniles as adults, are putting some initial reforms into action.

Tags: Institute for Innovation in Prosecution

Can Pollsters Drive Down Crime in New York?

January 2017  |  The Marshall Project  

NYPD consultant John Linder is helping develop technology that "will deliver to police and their executives real-time measures of public attitudes — whether trust is going up or down, whether the sense of safety is going up or down, and whether the job approval of the NYPD is going up or down—by neighborhood."

Tags: New York City National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice Group Violence Intervention

Chief pleased with South Bend police work as calls for help surge

January 2017  |  South Bend Tribune   

Despite an increase in calls for help in South Bend in 2016, police used force in fewer cases, and citizen complaints against officers decreased significantly. Homicides and gang-related shootings were also down from the previous year's totals.

Tags: South Bend Group Violence Intervention

Want to Reform Policing in Your City? Here’s How

January 2017  |  The Crime Report  

As noted police accountability expert Samuel Walker writes, "the long-term solution to our police problems lies in electing officials who are committed to professional, respectful and constitutional policing—and are informed about what needs to be done to get there."


Want to fix gun violence in America? Go local.

January 2017  |  The Guardian  

"Half of America's gun homicides in 2015 were clustered in just 127 cities and towns, according to a new geographic analysis by the Guardian, even though they contain less than a quarter of the nation’s population."


Yale study models gun violence as a social epidemic

January 2017  |  Yale Daily News  

Andrew Papachristos, study author and professor of sociology: "This information is crucial for pinpointing high-risk individuals who might benefit from intervention. If we have this social map, we can send first responders, trauma specialists, interventionists and police if necessary."

Tags: Chicago Group Violence Intervention

New Haven interim police chief cites ‘collaborative effort’ for decrease in crime

January 2017  |  New Haven Register  

Project Longevity and our partners in New Haven are playing a substantial role in crime reduction. 

Tags: New Haven Group Violence Intervention Support and Outreach

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