Weekly News Roundup: Addressing the Crime Gap

Denormalizing Violence (Public Safety Evidence): The Research & Evaluation (R&E) Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice recently released a report that finds Cure Violence to be a potentially cost-effective model that deserves additional investment and investigation.

Can Social Media Help Direct Mental Health Aid? (NBC News): Researchers are beginning to tap hundreds of thousands of tweets emerging from conflict zones to see what the trove of data can reveal about the mental health of people in distress.

Wilmington Hopes Program Can ‘Interrupt’ Crime (Delaware Online): Wilmington, Del. has plans to start an initiative modeled after Cure Violence in April to cut down on the high rate of violence in the city.

Legislators Taking Steps Now to Reduce Gun Violence This Summer (Legislative Gazette): Lawmakers declare June as the month to raise gun awareness in New York and invite other cities and states to join them in their fight to eradicate gun violence.

Tackling Chicago’s ‘Crime Gap’ (CNN): Zip codes just a few miles apart in Chicago suffer from a wide “crime gap” where a handful of socially and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods struggle with persistent murder rates 10 times higher than those in other parts of the city.

10 New Jersey Cities with the Most Violence Crime (NewJersey.com): Camden, New Jersey has an overall crime rate of seven percent, which makes it one of the most dangerous cities in the United States.

Broadening Conceptions of Citizen Security in Latin America (In Sight Crime): After years of failed efforts to combat violence in Latin America, countries are shifting their focus and looking into a more localized approach to crime with new alternative models, including Cure Violence.

CeaseFire: Victory Over Gang Violence (Hipe Magazine): A video depicting CeaseFire workers in Cape Town, South Africa describes the success of the program and how it reduced murders by 52 percent in its first year.