Crime Prevention and Control

The Center for Crime Prevention and Control fosters innovative crime reduction strategies through hands-on fieldwork, action research, and operational partnerships with law enforcement, communities, social service providers, and other practitioners.

The Center is actively engaged in crime prevention initiatives in jurisdictions around the country and the world. It is particularly focused on issues affecting our most vulnerable communities: violent street groups, gun violence and gun trafficking, overt drug markets, and domestic violence. It is also focused on repairing relationships between those communities and law enforcement; strengthening communities; and reducing arrest and incarceration.

Much of the Center's work operates from a framework in which law enforcement, communities, and outreach and social service providers directly engage with offenders to set standards, offer help, and establish clear consequences for continued offending. This framework has produced the "Operation Ceasefire" model, also referred to as the group violence reduction strategy (GVRS), the Drug Market Intervention (DMI), also referred to as the "High Point" model, and is being further developed for other important public safety issues.

In June 2009, the Center launched the National Network for Safe Communities, composed of the more than 50 cities successfully using these strategies around the nation and committed to their continued development and broader implementation.

The Center works closely with other crime reduction experts around the country, including law enforcement practitioners, community leaders, and partners at Harvard University, Yale University, the University of Cincinnati, Rutgers University, Michigan State University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the California Partnership for Safe Communities, and others.



"Opposing Cultures" Join Forces to Rethink America's Criminal Justice Crisis
Conservatives are starting to realize that it is "far too invasive, expensive and destructive to continue incarcerating every wrongdoer for every infraction." Liberals are starting to believe that a groundswell among small-government conservatives could be just what is needed to take crime prevention approaches—aimed at reducing both violent crime and incarceration—nationwide. Newsweek reports how Center Director David Kennedy is actively involved in forging these odd alliances to change the way we think about crime.

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

Center Director David Kennedy, in an interview with MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan, explains why the Center's proven and resource-neutral violence reduction strategies have succeeded where traditional approaches to fixing the criminal justice system or supporting distressed communities have failed.

Center Director David Kennedy's unusual strategies for tackling group violence have had startling results in many American Cities. In this interview with The Times, he discusses their broad application and how they may also offer a solution to recent social unrest in Britain.

In this op-ed for New York's Daily News, Center Director David Kennedy argues that "Stop-and-Frisk is the Wrong Approach." Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, in an op-ed for The Nation, and Professor James Forman Jr. of Yale Law School, in a New York Times op-ed, also added their voices to ever-growing concern over the New York Police Department's damaging stop-and-frisk policy, recommending the Center's strategies as "the most promising and thoroughly researched" approaches to addressing crime and overincarceration in minority communities.

In this podcast by the Los Angeles Public Library's Aloud Series, Center Director David Kennedy discusses inner-city violence and the launch of the group violence reduction strategy in Los Angeles with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.



Campbell Review Attests to Efficacy of Center's Strategies
A Campbell Collaboration Systematic Review, the gold standard in evaluating social science interventions, found "strong empirical evidence” for the effectiveness of the Center's crime prevention strategies. The Effects of “Pulling Levers” Focused Deterrence Strategies on Crime  (Braga & Weisburd, 2011) confirms what research and field experience have long suggested:  a strategy that combines deterrence with elements that encourage offenders away from crime, strengthens a community’s collective efficacy, and enhances police legitimacy is the most effective approach to addressing serious violent crime and overt drug markets.

Don't Shoot
Read an excerpt from Center Director David Kennedy's new book or click on the cover image below for further information. Highlights from a reading during his national book tour, including a conversation with John Seabrook from The New Yorker, can be viewed here.     

David Kennedy, in this interview with Boston Public Radio, sets out what it takes to reduce the number of violent deaths and the high levels of incarceration rates that beset America's most troubled communities.

Fighting Back: Violence in Our Cities 
As one of the panelists of a multimedia event in New Haven, CT, Center Director David Kennedy discusses how to rebuild trust between the community and police and stem the tide of murders in the city.  

Photo: Thomas McMillan/New Haven Independent 

Thinking Outside the Cell
In this interview with CUNY TV's Criminal Justice Matters, Center Director David Kennedy explains why the strategies developed by the Center can reduce both serious violent crime and the problem of mass incarceration.










































Center for Crime Prevention and Control
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
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New York, NY 10019
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