Grassroots organizations have often argued they can stop violence in a way the police department cannot. NY1 News reports on a new study by John Jay College’s Research and Evaluation Center that shows some of those community programs are making a difference.
2017 documentary focuses on cases of young people convicted of various forms of murder and homicide. Includes several of my comments and observations.
It reinforces the public’s “blood lust” for seeing people punished. It also reinforces the offenders’ sense of being rejected and excluded from society.
Researchers have been looking at this for a number of years, and the conclusion that most people reach is “no.” … There is no direct link, or there is no differential probability of crime due to the size of your immigrant population.
It’s really hard to just point to one thing. The problem with the crime debate right now is that there are so many people who want to point to just one thing. … Everyone wants to claim credit.
CBS report included excerpts of an interview with me.
“We don’t divulge matters that we work hard on to the police, and the police know that about us,” Mitchell said. “We’re not sharing information that may be helpful in some sort of investigation. That’s not or role.” That code of silence lead to the demise of a Cure Violence group in Chicago, according to Jeffrey Butts, director of the research and evaluation center at John Jay College. “The precinct can feel aggrieved to find out this whole episode of violence that just happened was known, that people knew that it was about to happen and no one told the police,” Butts said.
In the wake of the San Bernardino shooting, politicians are being shamed for online posts about gun control with many critics saying that “prayers won’t do anything” to stop more attacks. Jeffrey Butts, director of the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, joins CBSN with more insight.
Live interview with CBSN following the shooting of Sandra Bland.