David M. Kennedy

discusses

Don't Shoot:
One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America

Date

Oct
17
Monday
October 17, 2011
7:00 PM ET

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

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This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store is very pleased to welcome director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control and John Jay College professor of criminal justice DAVID M. KENNEDY for a conversation about his newest work, Don't Shoot: One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America.

Gang- and drug-related inner-city violence, with its attendant epidemic of incarceration, is the defining crime problem in our country. In some neighborhoods in America, one out of every two hundred young black men is shot to death every year, and few initiatives of government and law enforcement have made much difference. But when David Kennedy, a self-taught and then-unknown criminologist, engineered the "Boston Miracle" in the mid-1990s, he pointed the way toward what few had imagined: a solution.

Don't Shoot tells the story of Kennedy's long journey. Riding with beat cops, hanging with gang members, and stoop-sitting with grandmothers, Kennedy found that all parties misunderstood each other, caught in a spiral of racialized anger and distrust. He envisioned an approach in which everyone—gang members, cops, and community members—comes together in what is essentially a huge 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. 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.

David M. Kennedy
David M. Kennedy

David M. Kennedy

David M. Kennedy is the director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control and a professor of criminal justice at John Jay College. He has received two Webber Seavey awards from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, two Innovations in American Government awards from the Kennedy School of Government, and a Herman Goldstein Problem-Oriented Policing Award. His work has been used as a model or source for safety and drug intervention initiatives by the Clinton and Bush administrations, and by the Bureau of Justice.

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