‘Interrupters’ Help Reduce Violence in New York City

Community members in Cure Violence program try to defuse disputes before they escalate

Wall Street Journal
By Zolan Kanno-Youngs (@KannoYoungs)
Oct. 2, 2017

Cure Violence in New York CityThey have prior criminal records but now aim to resolve neighborhood conflicts before they turn violent. They walk neighborhood streets on a daily basis and use their connections to resolve disputes before they escalate, requiring the police.

These “violence interrupters” and their tactics helped to drive down crime in East New York and the South Bronx, two neighborhoods analyzed in a John Jay College of Criminal Justice report.

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