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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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Does Canada have its own new Jim Crow?

Does Canada have its own new Jim Crow? Is Canada making the same mistakes as the USA? Are racial minorities disproportionately victims of violence due to over-reliance on incarceration?

Canada was forced to focus recently on fact not political fiction. Canada not only over-incarcerates its minorities but is allowing rapid growth in incarceration of Aboriginal Peoples and visible minorities. Unfortunately these policies are not reducing violence, particularly for Aboriginal Peoples and ¨visible minorities¨. Let´s get strategies that champion victims by stopping violence. Let´s stop taxes going to pick up pieces. Let’s get smarter crime control in Canada.

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Are US Media Headlines of End of Mass Incarceration Wishful Thinking or Could They Become Reality?

US crime victims and taxpayers could benefit from reductions in mass incarceration and particularly new approaches to effective ways to stop homicides, drug deaths and traffic fatalities, but it has not happened yet–despite NYT headlines! A new book on Smarter Crime Control will be released in November. It uses evidence to guide a real shift saving hundreds of billions of harm to victims and as much as $100 billion in wasted taxes.!

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Shoutout – States to Reinvest in Violence Prevention, Not More Costs (post 21)

States have easy access to a plethora of proven ways to prevent violence. Unfortunately there is a penury of investment in effective violence prevention.

The Pew Center has started partnerships with some States to assist them to invest in prevention and other ways of reducing crime and so avoid cost over-runs due to excessive use of incarceration.

They are shifting the conversation from how much punishment to how much prevention will reduce harm to victims and at what cost to taxpayers.

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