Don't Shoot

Don't Shoot

One Man, A Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-city America

eBook - 2011
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"Gang- and drug-related violence is the defining crime problem in our country, and has been for decades. The statistics are alarming and the toll incalculable, and despite countless initiatives from government, law enforcement and social service communities, little has proven effective. Still, remarkably, David Kennedy foresees what no one else could imagine: a happy ending. He has been on the front lines ever since putting together the law enforcement recipe now known as the Boston Miracle, which during the crack epidemic of the 90s cut gang and drug related violence in half. Since then, "Operation Ceasefire" has been refined and deployed- with astonishing success- in over 50 cities. With the endorsement of Attorney General Eric Holder and the National Drug Czar, Kennedy's ideas have become de facto national policy. Don't Shoot tells the story of Kennedy's long journey toward a solution. It began with listening to people on the ground, and what he heard was that there was a trust gap between law enforcement and the community. Closing that gap became the cornerstone of his approach, organizing powerful gatherings in which offenders came together with law enforcers and diverse community members and were asked to stop the violence. It's not that simple, but then again it is--the magic of the approach and of the book. Don't Shoot combines the street verite of The Wire, the social science of Gang Leader for a Day, and the moral urgency and personal journey of Fist Stick Knife Gun. But beyond that, Kennedy will show, unmistakably, that there can be real solutions"--Provided by publisher.
Gang- and drug-related inner-city violence, with its attendant epidemic of incarceration, is the defining crime problem in our country, and few initiatives of government and law enforcement have made much difference. In some neighborhoods in America, one out of every two hundred young black men is shot to death every year. But when David M. Kennedy, a then-unknown criminologist, engineered the "Boston Miracle" during the crack epidemic of the 1990s, it cut youth homicide in the city by 2/3 and pointed the way toward a real solution. This book tells how: riding with beat cops, hanging with gang members, and stoop-sitting with grandmothers, Kennedy envisioned an approach in which everyone--gang members, drug dealers, cops, and community members--joins together in what is essentially a giant intervention. Offenders are told that the violence must stop, that even the cops want them to stay alive and out of prison, and that even their families support swift law enforcement if the violence continues. Kennedy's program, based on this approach, has now been implemented in over 70 cities, and in city after city, the same miracle has followed: violence plummets, drug markets dry up, and the relationship between the police and the community is reset.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781608194131
1608194132
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (305 p.)

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