by Henry Goldman
February 5, 2018
… In New York, the 36,000-officer police department has been augmented by civilian non-profit groups dedicated to reducing crime with 200 “violence interrupters” — often ex-gang members or ex-convicts — deployed in 17 precincts that account for more than half the city’s shootings. They show up at hospitals after a shooting to quell retaliation by a victim’s friends or family. They hit the streets after an incident to calm hostilities and discourage violence from escalating. They aren’t there to share crime information with police.
… New York neighborhoods operating Cure Violence programs had steeper declines in gun violence than similar areas without them, according to an analysis in October by New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice.