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Youngstown eyes big-city crime-fighting plan

Published: Fri, October 31, 2008 @ 10:03 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Any efforts to combat violent crime in this city would do well to follow an innovative approach that has more than cut in half the homicide rates in other cities.

That was the core message Dr. David M. Kennedy stressed during Friday’s Operation Cease Fire session at Oakhill Renaissance Place on Oak Hill Avenue.

Kennedy, director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, outlined a program he helped launch about 15 years ago in Boston. Since then, the Community Initiative to Reduce Violence idea has been implemented in Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and other major cities — all of which have seen their homicide rates fall, he said.

About 70 law enforcement personnel, neighborhood leaders and others attended the two-hour seminar to learn about the CIRV.

For details, read Satuday's Vindicator or Vindy.com.


1DoctorGonzo(728 comments)posted 7 years ago

There is one major aspect those cities can use that Youngstown cannot, a major tax base. Don't expect any federal or state help in this economy.

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2localobserver(13 comments)posted 7 years ago

If you look up this program in the other cities, you will find news articles that show it to be FAILING.

This program is all about contacting the bad guys and trying to "talk" them into behaving themselves.

Youngstown - stop wasting time on third rate sociologists trying to take over this city - Their plans have failed elsewhere - and they end up bringing them here. I guess they figure nobody in Youngstown reads the national media, so we won't know.

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3LandOfPromise(1 comment)posted 7 years ago

I find it interesting that a lot of you critize the city of Youngstown for many of their challenging issues, including crime; however, when the city tries to take a step forward and find an innovative approach to deal with these issues, you critize them for their positivate attempts. To those of you leaving these negative comments on this board, what good, realistic idea do you have to deal with the issue of crime within this region and when was the last time you stepped out and tried to make a difference with one of these issues we all face as a region??

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4malaska46(2 comments)posted 7 years ago

Why, when in debt would you want to spend more money that you don't have trying to remedy a problem that is not going to go away? It's very simple, until there are jobs available, high crime rates will persist. How about more meetings and conferences about how to bring jobs to the valley instead of fighting a losing battle against crime and sinking further into debt. More jobs = less crime.

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 7 years ago

Fighting crime starts with giving the criminals hard time early on. Youngstown has been an incubator for killers far too long. Those social hold your hand and probation programs have been a dismal failure.

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