• 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

Twenty-nine Peoria men shocked by ‘Don’t Shoot’ committment

December 2012  |  Journal Star  

Shock was the word an area youth outreach activist used to describe the reaction of two dozen men who were “invited” to a call-in as part of the “Don’t Shoot” campaign.

Tags: Peoria

Holder announces bid to cut Connecticut gun violence

November 2012  |  ABC7 News  

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and David Fein, the top federal prosecutor in Connecticut, said Project Longevity has begun in New Haven (an effort to reduce gun violence by directly engaging violent groups with warning and offers of assistance to change) and will be expanded to Bridgeport and Hartford. Hailed as successful in other cities such as Chicago and Cincinnati, the program may be implemented statewide, a first for the program, officials said.  U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said by implementing the program statewide it could serve as a national model.


Tags: BridgeportHartfordNew Haven Group Violence Intervention

State’s Latest Anti- Violence Plan: “Call In” Gang Leaders

November 2012  |  Hartford Courant  

The National Network for Safe Communities’ group violence intervention strategy (GVI) received high profile federal endorsement when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder traveled to New Haven to launch Connecticut’s Project Longevity—a groundbreaking statewide implementation aimed at making GVI “how we do business every single day,” according to Governor Dan Malloy.

Tags: BridgeportHartfordNew Haven Drug Market InterventionGroup Violence Intervention

Frequent Alcohol Testing Program Reduces DUI and Domestic Violence Arrests

November 2012  |  RAND  

In its first six years, an innovative alcohol monitoring program called the South Dakota 24/7 Sobriety Project, imposed on thousands of high-risk alcohol-involved offenders, helps reduce DUI arrests, according to a new RAND Corporation study

Tags: Swift, Certain, & Fair

After a Horrific Summer of Murder, Chicago Trying a Bold New Approach

September 2012  |  The Daily Beast  

What if we’ve been looking in the wrong places all along? The Windy City is turning its focus away from “bad neighborhoods” and toward the individuals and gangs responsible for most of the violence, writes David Kennedy.

Tags: Chicago Group Violence Intervention Social Network Analysis

The Illicit Drug Landscape in the U.S and Paths for Future Efforts

September 2012  |  RAND  

A new RAND Corporation report outlines the illicit drug landscape in the United States, providing insights about how some of the challenges might be addressed and highlighting other problems that need further study.

Tags: Swift, Certain, & Fair

Probation Program Set for Trial Run in Texas

August 2012  |  The Texas Tribune  

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Tags: Fort Worth Swift, Certain, & Fair

Working ‘The Corner’

July 2012  |  The Auston Chronicle  

After experiencing challenges with traditional law enforcement approaches, District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, Austin Police Department and the community plan to implement DMI to save the neighborhood on 12th and Chicon. Former High Point Police Chief James Fealy discusses how he learned that traditional enforcement actions do nothing to stop the open-air drug markets during his 30 years at Austin Police Department before moving to High Point, North Carolina in 2002 to take over as chief of police. 

Tags: AustinHigh Point Drug Market Intervention Reconciliation

How Community Can Overpower Crime

June 2012  |  The Dylan Ratigan Show  

National Network Director David Kennedy explains how combining clear community standards with a powerful deterrence message has helped cities around the nation overpower crime with miniminal use of incarceration.

Tags: Group Violence Intervention

An Interview with David Kennedy about Chicago Homicide

June 2012  |  Huffington Post  

“What turns out to be true no matter where you go,” he said, “is the violence is always driven by a very small population of very distinct offenders… In those groups you find guys who have astronomically high rates of criminal offending and really extreme criminal records.”

Tags: Chicago Group Violence Intervention

Malloy Pledges Effort To Curb City Violence, But Offers Few Details

June 2012  |  The Courant  

Malloy said the state will spend at least $500,000 to implement in Hartford and Bridgeport a program known as “Focused Deterrence,” which would concentrate on individuals who have been arrested before and who police believe are responsible for most of the gun violence.

Tags: Hartford Group Violence Intervention

SWIFT Sanctions Can Change Adult Probation in Tarrant County

April 2012  |  Texas Public Policy Foundation  

Tags: Fort Worth Swift, Certain, & Fair

Liberal Academic; Tea Party Leader Rethinking Crime Policy

April 2012  |  Newsweek  

Odd alliances across the political spectrum are changing the way we think about crime, incarceration and their damaging effects on communities.


Cleaning up the ‘hood

March 2012  |  The Economist  

Focusing on drug markets rather than users means less crime

Tags: Drug Market Intervention

Ending the Stranglehold of the Prison Industrial Complex on America

February 2012  |  The Dylan Ratigan Show  

National Network's David Kennedy, NAACP director Ben Chavis, and Russell Simmons, chairman of Rush Communications and globalgrind.com, joins MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan in Austin, Texas to talk about the failed war on drugs and how the underlying problems of the Texas prison system.​

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Tags: Reconciliation

Assistant Chief of Police on How to Adapt the High Point Model in Wilmington

February 2012  |  Delaware Online  

High Point police captain Larry Casterline discuss the successes of the Group Violence Intervention and underlying methods for potential success in Wilmington and how Wilmington can adapt the High Point model to lower violent crime and repeat offenders in the city. “There are alternatives to arrest that you can use to reduce violent crime and it works,” he said.

Tags: High Point Group Violence Intervention

How Game Theory is Reinventing Crime Theory

January 2012  |  Governing  

Elected officials across the nation from both political parties have begun to examine ways to replace a tough corrections policy with a smart one. This article tracks the theories and successful approaches that are at the core of the new thinking, including the National Network’s violence reduction strategies.

Tags: Group Violence Intervention

Connections Among People: Tracking and Preventing Violence through Social Network Analysis

January 2012  |  Center For Court Innovation  

Sarah Schweig interviews sociologist Andrew Papachristos about his studies on urban neighborhoods, social networks, street gangs, violent crime, and gun violence at an executive session in Washington, D.C. centered around a conversation about improving public health approaches to public safety. 

Tags: Social Network Analysis

Lt. Daniel Gannon discusses the Drug Market Intervention

December 2011  |  White House Champions for Change  

Lt. Daniel E. Gannon is a 25 year veteran of the Providence Police Department in Rhode Island.  A year after the implementation of the Drug Market Initiative, calls for police services decreased by 58 percent, reported drug crime decreased by 70 percent, and drug calls to police decreased by 81 percent.  Lt. Gannon maintained strong community relations and helped lead a follow-up initiative in 2009.

Tags: Providence Drug Market Intervention Reconciliation

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