Inner City Violence
Title: Don’t Shoot: One Man, A Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America
Author: David Kennedy
About the Program: David Kennedy, director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control, recounts the development and execution of his plan to curb inner-city violence in Boston in the 1990s. Mr. Kennedy’s proposal, dubbed the “Boston Miracle,” brought together all the key actors in a neighborhood from the police and community members to gang members and drug dealers to openly discuss their issues akin to an intervention. Boston’s youth murders were cut by two thirds after installation of the program and it’s now in place in over seventy cities, including Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.
About the Author: David Kennedy is the director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control and a criminal justice professor at John Jay College. He has received awards for his work in crime prevention from several organizations, including the Kennedy School of Government and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
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This activity follows the Activation Principle where the student will recall, describe relevant knowledge and prior knowledge by reviewing the speaker’s presentation and viewing it with a critical eye. The student will then elaborate on the knowledge through the discussion to reflect and consolidate the learning experience.
After viewing the presentation, discuss the answers to these three questions:
1. What was the speaker’s main point and did they appear credible.
2. What are 2 things did you agree with the speaker and 2 things you disagreed with and why?
3. Why would someone in Criminal Justice need to know this?
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