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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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European Union Adopts Law to Put Crime Victims First in 27 Countries! (post 31)

On October 4th, 2012, the European Union made history by adopting a new directive to establish minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime across 27 sovereign nations. The Directive will Advance Victim Rights for 500 Million People.

It will ensure that all victims of crime in Europe will have access to information and assistance and will be able to get these across national borders. Certain basic rights in criminal proceedings will be guaranteed and protection provided, particularly for women, children and vulnerable victims.

The standards are not just more political wishful thinking. They have teeth to get them implemented, including training, sharing of best practices, and data designed to evaluate whether victims needs are met.

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Comprehensive Prevention of Urban Gun Violence – Political Leadership Must Invest in Success (post 28)

Many cities in North America face a persistent barrage of young men shooting each other. Traditional policing is not enough. Successful solutions to stop the violence exist. These need comprehensive prevention strategies targeting violence. We need leadership in cities to use those solutions. We need support from all orders of government to invest in effective prevention.

It is time for political leadership to invest in the number one priority of (potential) crime victims to stop crime. This means using proven and successful smart policing and effective prevention. An investment that grows each year by as little as one per cent of what is spent on reacting to violence could stop shootings and street violence by 50% within five years.

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How to reduce homicide and mass incarceration safely in the world´s prison capital (post 25)

The US State that has the highest rate of incarceration in the world has a rate of murders that exceeds that of Canada, UK and Minnesota by a factor of seven or more!

We know that the over use of mass incarceration and so intolerable State debt came from massive government funding in the past. So smart investment in violence prevention will protect victims from violence, while also reducing State debt by reducing mass incarceration.

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