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Sunday, December 6, 2009

"A Cincinnati experiment has changed the way police deal with gang violence"

The Crime Report has this interesting story here. In part:

The Cincinnati study provides a detailed account of how the city’s police force  implemented the anti-violence strategy, which is based essentially on identifying gang members and then calling them in for a meeting, or a series of meetings,  attended by both law enforcement and community representatives. There, they are told that they have two choices: they can continue their lawbreaking activities and face severe punishment; or they can agree to accept counseling or other services aimed at dealing with  the problems that contributed to their gang participation.

The deep involvement of community leaders ,  parents and pastors, whose moral authority carries a powerful impact, combined with the threat of punishment acts as a form of focused deterrence, say adherents of the model.  Similar strategies directed at gang members or drug dealers in cities like High Point, NC,  Providence, RI and Hempstead, NY have resulted in a marked falloff in gang violence and the disappearance of open-air narcotics markets.

Hat tip: ACSBlog.

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