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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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Sexual Assault on Campus Is Preventable, Fresh Solutions for Frosh Week

The US Attorney General noted that ¨nearly one in four college women experience some form of sexual assault by their senior year¨. He called for ¨fresh solutions¨ in his speech to the American Bar Association on August 12. Headlines in Canada and the USA show that preventive action is needed urgently to implement those effective and fresh solutions for frosh weeks.

Some universities and colleges concerned with implementing effective prevention strategies to reduce sexual assaults are implementing the Green Dot that interests students in frosh week in being part of the solution by becoming intervenors to stop sexual assault and victimization.

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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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Feel-good crime policy bad for crime victims – remember smokers (post 27)

Unfortunately what ¨feels-good¨ to politicians may not be good for crime victims. It is systematic science that enabled our political leaders to save lives and improve the quality of life for potential smokers.

The UK Cabinet Office has produced an important ¨politician´s guide¨ to using behavioral science to ensure that policies are deliverying results. It calls for testing and learning. To help potential crime victims, we also need governments that invest in applying the knowledge.

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Siding with crime victims requires successful prevention (post 23)

Being on the side of crime victims requires successful implementation of violence prevention that works. If governments and so taxpayers are to pay on the basis of results in reducing the number of victims of crime, we would see a massive shift from traditional policing strategies and mass incarceration to smart problem oriented policing and targeted social crime prevention.

For the harm done by the offender, he is responsible. For the harm done because we do not use the best knowledge when that is available to us, we are responsible. We and several government websites show we have the knowledge and so let´s side with crime victims and stop them being victimized in the first place.

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