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Combating the Contagion of Violence: Learning from the Minority Youth Violence Prevention Program

Combating the Contagion of Violence: Learning from the Minority Youth Violence Prevention Program

By Matthew Watkins

The COPS Office's Patrice Howard and Lt. Roman Murrietta of the Sacramento Police Department discuss how the violence prevention initiative has enhanced community policing.The COPS Office's Patrice Howard and Lt. Roman Murrietta of the Sacramento Police Department discuss how the violence prevention initiative has enhanced community policing.

SAVANNAH, Ga., March 31, 2017 — Representatives from the nine sites participating in the federal Minority Youth Violence Prevention initiative gathered in Savannah, Georgia to share accomplishments, learn from common challenges, and plan for how best to carry the work forward.

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What Courts Should Know: Trends in Intervention Programming for Abusive Partners

What Courts Should Know: Trends in Intervention Programming for Abusive Partners

By Rebecca Thomforde Hauser

Programs that work with perpetrators of intimate partner violence are changing as practitioners across the United States employ new strategies to improve outcomes for both offenders and survivors. Courts and judges have an opportunity to build on this exciting time of change. This document describes the innovative approaches to risk assessment, treatment modality, compliance, and procedural fairness that intervention programs for abusive partners are using to enhance victim safety and offender accountability.

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Co-Producing Public Safety: Communities, Law Enforcement, and Public Health Researchers Work to Prevent Crime Together

Co-Producing Public Safety: Communities, Law Enforcement, and Public Health Researchers Work to Prevent Crime Together

By Sarah Schweig, Nazmia E.A. Comrie and John Markovic

A number of jurisdictions across the U.S. are seeking ways to understand and prevent violence with a broader multidisciplinary approach, treating violence collaboratively as both a public health issue and a crime problem. This report summarizes the results of a roundtable conversation on the topic of public health and law enfrocement collaborations. The roundtable was convened by The California Endowment, the Center for Court Innovation, and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. 

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Responding to Trauma Among Young Men of Color

Responding to Trauma Among Young Men of Color

By Katie Crank and Kenton Kirby

This planning toolkit is a blueprint for communities, violence interrupter programs, and traditional victim service providers that want to improve their responses to young men of color who have experienced trauma.

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The Brownsville Anti-Violence Project: Evaluation Findings

The Brownsville Anti-Violence Project: Evaluation Findings

By Elise Jensen, Rachel Swaner, Sarah Picard-Fritsche and Suvi Hynynen Lambson

This report presents findings from an evaluation of the Brownsville Anti-Violence Project. The project was designed to reduce gun violence through focused deterrence aimed at high-risk parolees and their community networks, paired with efforts to present the justice system as fair and legitimate. Findings revealed that those exposed to such programming were less likely to report carrying, owning, or using a gun and more likely to view law enforcement as legitimate. However, a separate impact evaluation, summarized in the report, found the Project had no significant effect on rates of violent crime in Brownsville. Implications for gun violence prevention and research are discussed.

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Foundations Can Support Justice Reform, If You Know How to Ask: A Conversation with James Lewis

Foundations Can Support Justice Reform, If You Know How to Ask: A Conversation with James Lewis

Private foundations are an overlooked resource for innovative justice programs.  James H. Lewis, senior program officer and director of research and evaluation at the Chicago Community Trust, offers insight into how foundations make funding decisions and shares tips for attracting foundation investments in justice programs. The interview was conducted by the Center for Court Innovation's Director of Communications Robert V. Wolf at Community Justice 2016, where Lewis participated in a panel on "Funding Change."

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Reducing Violence Through Media Training and Cultural Awareness

Reducing Violence Through Media Training and Cultural Awareness

This podcast is part of a series highlighting innovative approaches to reducing violence and improving health outcomes among at-risk minority youth at the nine demonstration sites of the Minority Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. One of these demonstrations sites is the Stand Up Participate program in Hennepin County, Minnesota, an initiative led by the community-based organization Asian Media Access, Inc. in partnership with local public health, law enforcement agencies, and other community-based groups that seeks to reduce youth violence by helping young people acquire skills for self-sufficiency, improve self-esteem, and develop cultural pride.

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A Trauma-informed Approach to Reducing Youth Violence

A Trauma-informed Approach to Reducing Youth Violence

This podcast is part of a series highlighting innovative approaches to reducing violence and improving health outcomes among at-risk minority youth at the nine demonstration sites of the Minority Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. One of these demonstrations sites is the Children in Trauma Intervention, or CITI, program in Cincinnati, an anti-violence initiative led by the Cincinnati Police Department’s Youth Services Unit in partnership with the Cincinnati Health Department, Cincinnati Public Schools, and Hamilton County Juvenile Court that seeks to reduce violence and youth involvement in the juvenile justice system through a mentorship program that pairs police officers with youth. 

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Commitment to Extremist Ideology: Using Factor Analysis to Move beyond Binary Measures of Extremism

By Ashmini Kerodal, Joshua D. Freilich and Steven M. Chermak

Using data from the United States Extremist Crime Database, the study identifies four subtypes of far-right extremists: Conspiracy Theorist, Survivalist, Proud Far-Rightist, and Movement Participant. The paper further assesses which components of far-right extremist ideology are most related to criminal behavior. Findings reveal distinct beliefs associated with financial (conspiratorial, anti-government, anti-tax beliefs) as opposed to violent (xenophobic, survivalist, anti-gun control beliefs) crime. Published in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 39: 7-8 (2016).

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Breaking the Cycle of Violence By Reaching Youth At School

Breaking the Cycle of Violence By Reaching Youth At School

This podcast is part of a series highlighting innovative approaches to reducing violence and improving health outcomes among at-risk minority youth at the nine demonstration sites of the Minority Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. One of these demonstrations sites is Youth Intercept, a hospital-based violence-prevention program in Chatham County, Georgia, that aims to break the cycle of youth violence and retaliation by providing educational services and referrals to public health services to at-risk minority youth.

Sheryl Sams, director of Youth Intercept, joined this week's podcast to discuss how Youth Intercept has adapted the hospital-based violence intervention model to meet the needs of Chatham County, including the program's development of a school-based element to serve youth in the Chatham County Public Schools

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With an Evidence-based Curriculum, Improving Outcomes for Minority Male Youth

With an Evidence-based Curriculum, Improving Outcomes for Minority Male Youth

This podcast is part of a series highlighting innovative approaches to reducing violence and improving health outcomes among at-risk minority youth at the nine demonstration sites of the Minority Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. One of these demonstrations sites is Cabarrus Students Taking a Right Stand (STARS), a school-based male youth leadership program based in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, that seeks to create a healthy, positive school community through mentorship and positive role modeling.

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Advancing Community Justice: The Challenge of Brownsville, Brooklyn

Advancing Community Justice: The Challenge of Brownsville, Brooklyn

By Greg Berman

This monograph starts with a question: What can we do differently to enhance public safety, reduce the use of incarceration, and improve public perceptions of justice in a Brooklyn neighborhood that experiences both high crime and high rates of incarceration? The paper provides answers by looking at new reforms (including place-based interventions, procedural justice and new strategies for crime prevention) that have the potential to reduce offending, reengineer the relationship between the justice system and the public, and help activate a neighborhood’s capacity to help produce safety for itself.

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A Policing Approach That Improves Health and Wellness of Youth

A Policing Approach That Improves Health and Wellness of Youth

This podcast is part of a series highlighting innovative approaches to reducing violence and improving health outcomes among at-risk minority youth at the nine demonstration sites of the Minority Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. One of these demonstrations sites is Policing Approach Through Health, Wellness and Youth (PATHWAY) in West Palm Beach, Fla., an initiative led by the City of West Palm Beach that seeks to promote healthy adolescent development, discourage harmful and violent behavior, and provide youth with opportunities for positive social involvement.

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Police-Youth Dialogues Toolkit

Police-Youth Dialogues Toolkit

The Center for Court Innovation and the United States Department of Justice COPS Office developed the Police-Youth Dialogues Toolkit as a resource for communities hoping to foster conversations between young people and the police, enabling them to discuss their interactions and find common ground. Drawing from projects across the country, the toolkit consolidates expertise, providing strategies and promising practices for police-youth dialogues.

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