Don’t Shoot: David Kennedy on ending inner-city violence

Criminologist, teacher, activist and author David Kennedy visited Swarthmore College last night to discuss the work that has led to his new book: Don’t Shoot: One Man, A Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America.

Kennedy is an expert in neighborhood revitalization, youth violence, and deterrence theory. A program he launched in Boston in the mid-1990s was responsible for reducing violence among people under the age of 24 by 60 percent.

Kennedy directs the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and co-chairs the National Network for Safe Communities, an alliance of more than 50 jurisdictions dedicated to reducing crime, reducing incarceration, and addressing the racial conflict associated with traditional crime policy.

In advance of his visit, Kennedy spoke with the Swarthmore College Daily Gazette.

Last fall, Kennedy visited Fresh Air:

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