Dramatic drop in South Philadelphia gun violence attributed to city’s Focused Deterrence program

The Philadelphia Inquirer has a report on the city’s Focused Deterrence initiative, now correlated with a 43 percent drop in South Philadelphia shootings this year, and with homicides reduced from 15 to 7.

Police investigate a fatal shooting on Wolf Street in South Philadelphia in late September.

Police investigate a fatal shooting on Wolf Street in South Philadelphia in late September. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

The program identifies young men most likely to shoot or get shot, and offers job training and other benefits, but also promises increased enforcement when shootings take place.

City officials attribute the model to criminologist David Kennedy, who we featured in a report in early 2012: Don’t Shoot: David Kennedy on ending inner-city violence

Targeting South Philly’s top criminals

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