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Science Not Retribution will Stop Homicide

How can we honor the hope expressed by Michael Brown Sr. that the death of his son Michael in Ferguson, Mo., last summer will ¨lead to incredible change, positive change, change that makes the St. Louis region better for everyone?”

St Louis has such high losses of life from homicide that, on a per capita basis, it is one of four U.S. cities in the list of the 50 most violent cities in the world and it is rising in this embarrassing list. But this is not inevitable, it is preventable but it will require politicians to use Smarter Crime Control to apply science to save seven thousand or more lives and by the way save tens of billions of tax dollars annually.

Unfortunately the informed debaters such as the recent New York Times Debate about public safety still do not talk about effective violence prevention. They ignore the US science on effective and cost effective violence prevention, which show that we already know how to prevent violence and it is not by tinkering with police powers or overuse of incarceration.

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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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Where is the evidence that prevention reduces crime? (post 20)

Government agencies now provide searchable data banks of promising best practices which have been proven to prevent crime. Leading experts point to the successful ways to reduce violence by focusing on early childhood, youth programs and actions on violence against women.

Pioneering practitioners, experts and jurisdictions are balancing smart enforcement with greater investment in proven and logical prevention strategies. They call for braiding policing, schools, housing, social services and so on.

This blog provides selected sources for seven topics that recur in the pragmatic discussions about how to invest and make the successful shift to much greater reduction of crime and prevention of victimization.

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16. Legislating More Prison Time Does Not Deter Violence but Smart Policing and Pre-crime Prevention Do

Numerous studies by economists and others show that attempts to increase the deterrent effect of incarceration by adding minimum penalties to criminal codes and lengthening already long sentences have failed to demonstrate success in reducing the number of persons who are victims of violence or the extent of harm to crime victims. In contrast, smart policing can reduce the number of, and harm to, victims significantly. In addition, there are many proven pre-crime prevention strategies that are cost effective in reducing crime and harm to victims of crime.

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