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Safe Streets: Baltimore’s Anti-Violence Program Decreases Homicides by 50%

Baltimore’s Safe Streets anti-violence program has decreased homicides by 50 percent. It is administered by the city’s Health Department.

[Safe Streets] Agency Director, Leana Wen, says the idea is to tackle violence as a problem of public health, not criminal justice. ‘Because we know that violence is something that spreads. We know that it’s infectious. We know that it creates fear and havoc among people and communities. And just like infectious diseases, it’s something that can be prevented.’

— The Real News

Another value of the Safe Streets program is that it employs former criminal offenders. A past record is relevant experience for the Violence Interrupter position.

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

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