NEW REPORT: Violence Interruption Programs Provide Effective Alternative to Policing

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Polling shows roughly four in five voters (78 percent) support violence interruption strategies for reducing violent crime and 65 percent of voters believe violence interruption makes more sense than increasing the number of police in communities.

A new report from The Justice Collaborative Institute and Data for Progress on the use of violence interruption programs to reduce violent crime in communities shows that taking a public health approach is cost-effective and can prevent violence. The report illuminates how non-law enforcement, community-led prevention strategies focusing on the people most likely to experience and to perpetrate gun violence achieve more than increasing the number of police in communities and doubling down on criminalization. 

Polling shows that a strong majority of voters support training community leaders in de-escalation (68 percent) and think research and intervention strategies are an effective way to interrupt cycles of violence (78 percent). Seven in ten voters (71 percent), including six in ten Republicans (64 percent), believe targeting people who might otherwise perpetrate violence with prevention and interruption programs can help strengthen communities. The same number (71 percent), again including six in ten Republicans (62 percent), believe that violence interruption programs are more cost-effective than increased policing. 

“More than a decade on, both research and on-the-ground experience have shown us that approaching gun violence reduction in particular with the help of the community affected by violence works,” said Charlie Ransford of Cure Violence

The report is available here.

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