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Smarter Crime Control – An Agenda for Action – for 2014!

My new book on Smarter Crime Control uses the evidence on what are effective ways to reduce violent crime to propose an agenda for action to cut violence by 50% and save taxpayers billions – in the USA $100 billion a year.

Current rates of murder, traffic fatalities, drug overdoses, and incarceration are unacceptable in 2014. We have the knowledge and best practices to make them history and reduce the waste of taxes on what has not worked. The book organizes the knowledge to show how to retool policing, improve corrections, and make criminal courts more preventive. It confirms ways to help youth in problem neighborhoods start on a path that does not lead to chronic offending, gang violence, and incarceration. It proposes promising ways to stop violence against women and fatalities on the roads. It shows how cities can take charge of making their neighborhoods safer for less. It is written as A guide to a safer future for citizens, communities, and politicians.

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Violence Spikes in Some of Our Greatest Cities, While Solutions Wait for Action

Shootings involving young men in street gangs are not inevitable, they are preventable. BUT success requires our leaders to be smarter about getting results, particularly by re-balancing funding between smart policing and targeted social development.

Among the key actions for legislators are to:
* Invest now in the proven social development strategies that are able to assist young men in problem places to choose a lifestyle free from handguns. One example is the proposed US Youth Promise Act.
* Encourage cities to take a leadership role in “public health” strategies where smart planning and action have got results, such as reduced inner-city violence as demonstrated by Glasgow in Scotland.

The US Attorney General noted the ¨spike in violence in some of our greatest cities¨. The numbers of young men killed every year underline the need for his ¨smart on crime¨ paradigm shift but the evidence on effective violence prevention calls for bolder ¨smarter crime control¨ that stops the victimization, avoids lives and taxes being wasted, and is consistent with the fundamental right of potential victims to be protected by the best public safety consistent with current knowledge.

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Biden can stop gun violence but must use both US and international knowledge and best practice (post 38)

Newton has provided the ímpetus to get US legislators to come to grips with the dubious status of the USA as the affluent world´s society with the most fatal interpersonal violence. The announcement today of the iner-agency task force chaired by Joe Biden to look at solutions to gun violence will only succeed if it uses both US and international knowledge and best practice.

Stopping urban gun violence in US cities such as New Orleans or Chicago is more obvious than preventing isolated mass shootings, such as Newton or Aurora. For urban violence, success will come from shifting from partial solutions and paying for incarceration to investing in comprehensive prevention.

For mass shootings, Dunblane, Scotland, and Port Arthur, Australia produced results, including fewer problem guns accessible and a large reduction in gun related homicides in Australia. Will Joe Biden succeed? Let´s hope so.

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Mixing alcohol with evidence to get 40% reduction in violence –From Cardiff and Milwaukee to Amsterdam (post 37)

Amsterdam aims to tackle the alcohol related roots of violence using a strategy already proven to have reduced violence by more than 40% in a UK city – Cardiff. Why not in your city?

It uses data from admissions to hospital emergency rooms to identify hot spots for alcohol related violence. This enables smart policing and bye-law enforcement to focus on the source of the alcohol and so reduce violence.

Likely this strategy would be as relevant in your city as in Amsterdam or Milwaukee. It is an obvious quick win for municipalities with huge savings in costs to hospitals and to police in calls for service – not to mention stopping the costly harm to victims of violent assaults and, likely indirectly, sexual assaults.

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Rights for Victims of Crime: A Seven Point Check List for Legislators

There are too many victims. Many still do not get the services and rights that different jurisdictions show are possible.

My book Rights for Victims of Crime highlights many best practices as well as the tools and resources that are needed to advance law enforcement, service agencies and the legal profession. The book includes a model law that provides a comprehensive draft text for legislators.

Here is a check list of seven core rights that legislators must respect, and use, to reform laws and programs so that there are fewer crime victims and the survivors get the respect, services and rights that are practically and financially possible in 2012 and beyond.

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