Restaurants, stores, offices, theaters and many other businesses and cultural institutions will be allowed to open fully May 19. But the cycles of violent retaliation fueled by individual shootings in recent months will be hard to break, said Jeffrey Butts, the director of the research and evaluation center at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Continue reading New York Times — The Spike in Shootings During the Pandemic May Outlast the Virus
Jeffrey Butts, who has done extensive research on cure-violence initiatives, also questioned how far the experiment could go. Continue reading The City — Five Days Without Cops: Could Brooklyn Policing Experiment be a ‘Model for the Future’?
[Cure Violence workers] “try to stop the cycle of retaliation, and because they are not seen as an extension of law enforcement, the people most likely to be walking around with handguns in their pocket will talk to them and will allow them to settle a dispute before it turns violent,” said Jeffrey Butts, director of the Research and Evaluation Center at City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Continue reading City Lab – As Murders Rise, New York City Turns to a Police Alternative