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

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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