• 1 ENGAGING THE COMMUNITY’S MORAL VOICE
    Members of the High Point Community Against Violence tell drug dealers at a call-in that they are loved
    but that their conduct will not be tolerated.
  • 2 STARTING A MOVEMENT
    Co-Chair Jeremy Travis and other National Network principals at the opening of the First Annual Conference
    in New York in December 2009.
  • 3 TRUTH TELLING AND RACIAL RECONCILIATION
    Providence Police in dialogue with local youth to address misconceptions, build mutual respect, and gain a better understanding of one another's challenges.
  • 4 WALKING SIDE BY SIDE
    Overcoming the tension between law enforcement and minority communities is one of the key issues the
    National Network’s crime prevention strategies address.
    Photo: Eliza Domingo, City of Providence / Office of the Mayor
  • 5 REACHING OUT
    In many National Network jurisdictions, street outreach teams engage directly with offenders to prevent violence and challenge the code of the street.
  • 6 PROMOTING INFORMAL SOCIAL CONTROL
    The judgment of peers, family members and communities that crime is wrong has been shown to have
    greater impact on behavior than the threat of formal sanctions.

The National Network for Safe Communities is an alliance of cities dedicated to advancing proven strategies to combat violent crime, reduce incarceration and rebuild relations between law enforcement and distressed communities.

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MARK KLEIMAN TALK AT JOHN JAY COLLEGE, FRIDAY, MAY 16

The National Network for Safe Communities invites you to attend a talk by Mark A.R. Kleiman entitled "Swift, Certain, and Fair: Smart Community Supervision as the Alternative to Mass Incarceration" on Friday, May 16 from 9 to 11 am at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, L.61 Conference Center, New Building.

Seating is limited, so please RSVP at infonnsc@jjay.cuny.edu to Join Kleiman and the National Network for Safe Communities and learn more about how this approach is transforming community supervision and improving lives in Hawaii and throughout the United States.

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NEW PUBLICATION - GROUP VIOLENCE INTERVENTION: AN IMPLEMENTATION GUIDE

One of the most exciting things to happen at the National Network during 2013 was the publication of Group Violence Intervention: An Implementation Guide by the COPS office at the Department of Justice. We have worked long and hard to create a tool for those wishing to bring GVI to their communities - a guide that lays out all the important elements of the strategy and recommends a general path along which to proceed toward making communities safer from violence. The guide is now available to all, from experienced practitioners to those just wishing to know more. We hope it is a helpful tool in spreading knowledge of this innovative practice for reducing violent crime, minimizing arrest and incarceration, increasing police legitimacy and strengthening communities.

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HUFFINGTON POST OP-ED BY DAVID KENNEDY: THE STORY BEHIND THE NATION'S FALLING BODY COUNT

This op-ed by National Network Director David Kennedy examines "the method behind the growing lack of madness in America's cities" in this great Huffington Post piece. This article highlights everything from the marked lack of media attention; to the countless, nationwide successes; to the bare bones and heart that makes the Ceasefire method so very effective.

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Highlights

Support and Outreach in Community Violence Prevention

Jacob & Valeria Langeloth Foundation

Funded by the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation, the National Network for Safe Communities is undertaking a project to pilot a new structure for providing support and outreach to the core street group population that the Group Violence Intervention (GVI) engages.

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 RESPECTFUL POLICING IN CHICAGO: CHANGING THE US VS THEM MENTALITY.

Among the important measures Chicago is taking to combat the city's gun violence is a Chicago Police Department initiative to promote police legitimacy. A one-day course in CPD training academy emphasizes trust-building and respectful policing practices that will help improve police-community relationships and make Chicago a safe city.See the WGN news profile of the initiative here: [more]

NBC NIGHTLY NEWS ON GVRS SUCCESS IN NOLA

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NBC Nightly News launched a week-long series investigating gun violence in America by highlighting New Orleans’ early successes in cutting its homicide rate since adopting the National Network’s group violence reduction strategy (GVRS) as a central element of its NOLA for Life campaign. [more]

LATEST RESEARCH UNDERSCORES NATIONAL NETWORK STRATEGIES' EFFICACY

A Campbell Collaboration Systematic Review, the gold standard in evaluating social science interventions, has found “strong empirical evidence” for the effectiveness of the National Network's crime reduction strategies. [more]

DON'T SHOOT: ONE MAN, A STREET FELLOWSHIP, AND THE END OF VIOLENCE IN INNER-CITY AMERICA

Read an excerpt from the new book by National Network Co-Chair David Kennedy.