New York Times — Congress Is Investing in Alternatives to Police. Can They Work?


February 8, 2023

… What do community-based violence intervention programs look like, how well do they work and what challenges do they face?

… In the wake of the George Floyd protests, interest surged in groups like Cure Violence andAdvance Peace, which employ local community members — often known as “credible messengers” or “violence interrupters” — to mediate conflicts before they turn violent.

… But just how effective violence interruption programs are remains unclear. According to a 2020 review by John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Cure Violence and similar models “continue to produce promising, but less than definitive evidence of program effects.”

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