My greatest fear is losing my kids to the crime and violence in my city. The things that our kids are exposed to in New Orleans makes it hard for a single parent like my-self to keep my kids away. In 2012 statistics shows the city’s violent crime rate was higher than the national violent crime rate average by 110.7%, crime rate total incidents were up by almost 6000 compared to property crimes. With all the drugs, killings, prostitution, breaking and entering, and black on black crimes it scares me to know that your kids are not safe in their own homes.
Before I get into the strategies put in place to reduce gun violence, I want to touch on the things that contribute to gun violence in New Haven. According to the “Selected Strategies for Community Gun Violence Prevention” report, violent crimes contribute to and are exacerbated by economic disadvantage (City-Wide). The main area in New Haven where gun violence occurs is in areas of low-income and poverty and the gun violence are being executed by the youth ages 15-24. In this day and age, we are living in a society where your income level determines your life expectancy, whether it is homicide, suicide or another form of violent activity. Living in New Haven and experiencing this first hand, I was able to see how the power and the struggle of poverty, low-income, gang wars and even drug activity can exacerbate gun violence. New Haven has as many as 2,500 people who are in gangs. These gangs lie in six neighborhoods in New Haven. The gangs being, The Ville, The Tre, The Tribe, The Jungle, The Island and The Hill hold responsibility
The streets of Philadelphia are rapidly becoming a home to violent acts and random homicides. Innocent lives are taken every day due to the strong presence of gangs, and the streets are run by unruly groups of fearless young adults. Gang violence in Philadelphia is a major issue, and the citizens will never be safe until gang prevention occurs. Gang prevention is not a simple task, but with the right resources available, it is possible. Gang violence is a problem that will contribute to the collapse of Philadelphia, and it has yet to be solved throughout many generations. With gang violence on the rise, the best solution to gang violence is to educate the youth and parents about gangs and use family support to prevent the creation of gang
Acts of violence are no stranger to the Greater Chicago Area. In 2016 alone, Chicago had suffered 786 homicides (“Crime in Chicagoland,” n.d.). Although this number is large, especially when compared to other major cities in the United States, it fails to depict the countless family members, friends, and communities who carry the burden of these senseless killings. BUILD (Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development), an anti-violence organization serving Chicago neighborhoods since 1969, engages at-risk children in productive activities within their community in order to keep them out of trouble from the streets of Chicago. BUILD recognizes the debilitating impact that a violent environment has on a child and provides the means to help
The history of this problem primarily focuses on the late 1980s and early 1990s, when the rate of youth homicides increased dramatically for many cities. Specifically in
According to the Toronto police, an Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy was a necessary investment in wake of increasing gun violence among poor (primarily black) youth in the city of Toronto, which peaked to its ultimate high in the year 2005 known as the ‘year of the gun’. A media spectacle of the Toronto’s gang violence primarily involving young black men from poor inner suburban
In low income areas and large cities, gang violence is a major problem. Gang violence in Chicago is reaching alarming proportions. Day by day they are increasing rapidly. None of the solutions work effectively to eliminate gangs. However police departments and other government officials are trying their best to provide the same security as other areas in chicago. Thousands of innocent people are dying each year from these ill mannered thugs. In today’s societies gang activity is everywhere, whether it includes violence, drugs, death or any illegal activity. There are several aspects which are causing these violent activities. In past years the police department and the mayor designed different strategies to stop this violence. From my perspective better education and scholarships are the only way to reduce gangs and other illegal activities.
Due to the high rate of crimes committed throughout big cities by gun violence, it is essential for Law Enforcement to enforce a solution to prevent violent, brutal crimes from occurring. Both Federal and local Law Enforcement must work together to promote a solution for reducing gun violence. Back in Bush’s first term as President it was significant for the Bush administration to create a project to “get the message out there” about deterrence and the increasing number of crimes committed through the use of guns. The Bush administration came up with the project known as the Project Safe Neighborhoods. The goal for Project Safe Neighborhoods is to inhibit criminal behavior by using deterrence and incapacitation. Through deterrence and
Chicago is facing a serious problem. Over this year 's Fourth of July Weekend, eighty four people were shot resulting in fourteen deaths. After this violent weekend, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel nearly called for total martial law, calling upon United States Military 's support to help protect Chicago 's citizens and patrol Chicacgo 's streets. So far in 2015, over 2,300 people have been shot in the city of Chicago, and it is only a matter of days until the death toll surpasses four hundred on the year. There are a number of factors that contribute to this inflated level of violent crime. Some would point to loose gun restrictions, others to gang fragmentation. I believe the most influential factor leading to these high rates of crime in certain
"But we are confident in our strategy. ... We're doubling down on all parts of the strategy." (Daley, Times Picayune 2017). However, doubling down on doing nothing is still nothing. The other aspects of the Mayor’s strategy are falling flat as well, particularly in his efforts to grow the size of the police department. According to the Rand Corporation, “The NOPD is shrinking, in terms of both the budget for police officers and the actual number of officers on the street. In the first 14 months after Katrina (from August 2005 to October 2006), the budgeted commissioned police force was cut about 15 percent, from 1,885 to 1,600. During the same period, the actual on-board strength declined by an even larger amount: 321 officers — from 1,742 to 1,421 — or about 18 percent. Since the storm, the NOPD has lost officers at an annualized rate of about 17 percent, compared with a pre-storm loss rate of 5 percent. Even more problematic, losses were concentrated disproportionately among the junior ranks — the officers who patrol the streets today and who were being counted on to provide the leadership for tomorrow,” (Rand Corporation, brief 2007). The city of New Orleans is
The Los Angeles intervention approach produces positive and negative attributes to combating gang related criminality. Gangs in society today, are problematic in many aspects. There are many different avenues city officials can take to combat or reduce gang related crime. Various methodologies have been used to take on this problem and have had successful results (Spergel,1986). “The general idea is that if gang members will not respond to ordinary social agency programs, then the programs must move out to the streets in order to achieve change (Klein,1965, p3. 183).”
Cure Violence is an all-encompassing public health approach for violence prevention strives for community level effects by targeting ongoing conflicts, working with high-risk individuals, and by using the community leaders and functions (i.e., rallies, marches, barbeques, etc.) in an effort to shift unfavorable norms within the community (Ransford et al., 2016). Moreover, Ransford et al. posit a direct correspondence between the Cure Violence model and Chicago violence, as funding lapses in implementation have been correlated with increased “shootings and killings” (2016, p. 1) during the 2007-8, 2011-2, and 2015-6 time frame. Chicago attributed a 32 percent decrease in shootings to the communities that participated in the Cure Violence program. In addition to Cure Violence, statistics associated with the CeaseFIre initiative, a program that began in 2001, accounted for a 94 percent increase in shootings in districts where the budget was cut. The data shows that the budget crisis in Illinois has impacted various programs that have had a positive effect on violence in Chicago (Ransford, Johnson, Decker, Payne, & Slutkin,
St. Louis has a lot to work on. The state of Missouri needs to get their gun laws back. Harvard School of Public Health’s Injury Control Research Center claimed that “ a wide array of empirical evidence indicated that more guns in a community lead to more homicides Since the repeal of the gun laws, the state has seen a rise in gun-related deaths” ( Lopez, 2017). Adopting initiatives like Operation Ceasefire will help St. Louis reduce their gun violence. It is very important to work with the community to target this issue. Many people in St. Louis want to have a safer environment and a break from all the violence they have been facing over the years (Liss, 2017). Moreover, another intervention study conducted by Boston University School of
Gang and gang violence has always been an ongoing problem within the country. Street gangs have evolved into some of the most notorious group associated with murders and killings that law enforcement agencies have encountered. Gang violence has become one of the most serious crime problem happening in the country that involves physical assaults, drive-by shootings, homicides, robberies, prostitutions, and home-invasion along with a long list of criminal activities. It had occurred and multiplied so fast in which it reach an all-time high epidemic of young gang people killed on the streets or entering into the juvenile and prison system throughout the country. Such death occurs on a daily basis especially in the inner cities that are
The focus of this paper will be based upon different crime prevention strategies implemented by members of the communities, local and government authorities.