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Rising Crime Requires a New Approach: Community Violence Experts Brief Congress

“The police absolutely have a role in preventing violence, but we’ve tried that way for several years, and we see where we are today. We need new solutions,” said Marcus Ellis, the chief of staff for the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement in Washington, D.C.

Community members and leaders are searching for a solution as violent crime rises across the United States. Too often, the default response of politicians has been to pump more money into policing.

Violence Interrupters: A Key Element of Justice Reform

Traditionally, cities have responded to community-level violence by increasing the presence of a militarized police force. This solution has repeatedly failed. A new solution, one that comes from within the community itself, offers a new way forward: violence interrupters.

Violence Interrupters

Violence interrupters or “credible messengers” as they’re sometimes called identify those most likely to commit violence, they intercede, mentor, teach nonviolence, provide alternative thought processes, and alter the group norms that would sustain or perpetuate violence.

Spring Lobby Weekend 2023

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In March 2023, hundreds of young adults will gather again for Spring Lobby Weekend—our young adult advocacy conference and day of action. Together we will take action in support of violence interruption programs: community-centered solutions to address the root causes of violence.