Don’t Shoot is Kennedy’s journey into the bizarre and often counterintuitive world of criminal justice policy. Kennedy, a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is best known for helping to bring about the so-called “Boston Miracle.” In1990, youth homicide in Boston had reached historic heights and trust between cops and minority residents was at a nadir. Kennedy’s team mined the data to find that a small, hard-core group of offenders were committing the vast majority of Boston’s violent crime. They brought this “moneyball” approach to police and community leaders, and soon they were reaching out to the perpetrators in open town hall meetings. They adopted a carrot-and-stick approach: one more homicide and the police will make nightly arrests, confiscate drugs, call in the Fed, and do whatever else it might take to bring down profits and make life miserable. No killings and you’ll get services, housing subsidies, and help finding jobs.This is an interesting approach, one that is much more nuanced than the typical "get tough" approach to crime that we hear from politicians here in Texas. While the idea of negotiating with criminals isn't very palatable, engaging the entire community in dealing with crime problems would probably make that part a bit easier to take. If we are really going to be effective in dealing with nagging crime problems we have to get everyone involved.
The piece from Slate is worth the read. Hit the link to read it.