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""Don't Shoot" will do for the fight against violence what Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" did for the environmental movement a generation ago." --Malcolm Gladwell "An unlikely criminal-justice pioneer revisits his innovative, immensely successful crusade against youth homicide in America's worst neighborhoods... A valuable text--not just for the solution, but also for the refreshing philosophy behind it." --"Kirkus Reviews""" "In a matter-of-fact, street-smart style... Kennedy explains his remarkably effective strategies for combating violent crime... This heartfelt book shows what can happen when police, gangs, and communities come together to address some of America's most intractable social problems." --"Publishers Weekly," starred review "The good news about the drug- and gang-related violence epidemic is that it can be controlled and substantially reduced. As proof, you only have to read David Kennedy's wonderful new book Don't Shoot... Now being tried in over 70 communities, Dav

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David M. Kennedy is the director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control and a professor of criminal justice at John Jay College. Kennedy has received two Webber Seavey awards from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, two Innovations in American Government awards from the Kennedy School of Government, and a Herman Goldstein Problem-Oriented Policing Award. His work has been used as a model or source for safety and drug intervention initiatives by the Clinton and Bush administrations, and by the Bureau of Justice. Kennedy lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608194140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608194148
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are in law enforcement (I have been for over 16 years), in the criminology field, in the criminal justice system, or just someone with an interest in making your community a better place, then you must read this book. It confirms everything that we already know: most crime, particularly serious crime, is committed by a relatively few people in a relatively few places. And of those relative few, even fewer are what we would consider "hardcore." The police know those people and those places, and as Malcolm Gladwell has noted, "When a problem is that concentrated you can wrap your arms around it and think about solving it." Lately we have been trying to solve it with strategies like repeat offender programs and hot spot policing, but our efforts have generally been centered on law enforcement. In the case of repeat offenders, the call from those like Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe has been not more arrests but the right arrests. Now David Kennedy takes us to place that we didn't know about. What if we could bring down violence and eliminate drug markets without making arrests? We can. And what if it just wasn't us in law enforcement doing it but the whole community that serious crime impacts, including the offenders themselves? In can be. And what if it could work no matter where, as long we stuck to very basic principles? It does. You'll be surprised by the simplicity of the book's premise, and if you are in law enforcement, you may be a little ashamed by its truth- the concept of legitimacy. If you are going to disagree with Kennedy, that's probably where it will be, but that's also why it works.

Ultimately, compelling and groundbreaking are words that do not do this book justice, but it's both. Get it, read it, give it to someone else.

(A minor point but an important one if you are concerned about it being too academic. It reads like a story, which it is, and it must have driven the editor crazy with its almost conversational narrative style.
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This is a fantastic and important book. On one level it is the memoir of a powerful idea that has begun to succeed against enormous odds. David Kennedy has been obsessed for more than 20 years with the tragedy of urban violence in the United States. Working at Harvard, he immersed himself in the literature of criminology. With grants of his own, he investigated Boston and listened to and translated the wisdom of street cops, probation officers, street workers, and gang members. He nurtured a focused, concentrated approach in cities across the country that dramatically reduced violent crime. As his thinking deepened and his colleagues broadened, the idea became more powerful, confronting racial mistrust and aligning the hopes of underserved communities and law enforcement. Like Paul Farmer addressed the problem of infectious disease in Tracy Kidder's Mountains Beyond Mountains, David Kennedy addresses urban violence from the perspective of the people affected. No one wants to live amid disease or violence. Both Farmer and Kennedy understand that the problems and the solutions are not merely technical, but profoundly human. Kennedy's book is a revelation for criminal justice, but the implications run deeper still.

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This is a strange and important book, one that is exactly right about policy and practice, but that also succeeds as a work of literature---in fact, succeeds because it is a work of literature. This is not a policy wonk's list of talking points; it is experimental non-fiction of a high order.

"Don't Shoot" might be the "Seven Pillars of Wisdom" of the War On Crime. Like T.E. Lawrence's idiosyncratic masterpiece, "Don't Shoot" deploys a highly intelligent and unorthodox author/protagonist---a renegade intellectual turned man of action---a strong narrative drive, acute and colorful character sketches, bravura descriptive passages, and an entirely original analysis. Like "Seven Pillars," it is a book about a journey to There: in this case to the crime-blighted minority inner city where the average white American never goes, mainly because the average white American feels pretty confident of what he would find if he did go.

But although Kennedy writes as an expert on There, his message home is that There is a socially constructed illusion. Kennedy mobilizes the traditions of the imperial adventure tale to show us what we should have known already: that everyone involved in the inner city crime crisis has more in common with each other than anyone involved has in common with anyone else. He shows that the cops, the shooters, the victims, the families, the communities, all start from the same human place. These are similar people trapped in extreme circumstances, not a radically and permanently different type of person. Kennedy shows how many features of the inner city wasteland of our public discourse---e.g.
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Not only is this a terrific read, but it presents a startlingly simple idea for a solution to an intractable criminal justice problem that has long plagued cities and defied resolution. There are many moving parts, all hinging on the necessity of traditionally adversarial constituencies to work together. Over the past twenty five years, David Kennedy, with the collaboration of countess others, has doggedly
pursued what he felt viscerally must happen to rectify the misguided if well intentioned efforts to bring violent crime in inner cities under control.
It required the cooperation of police departments, leaders in the affected communities, the judicial system and the criminals themselves, no easy task but one that David has amazingly managed to achieve,
gradually, painstakingly gaining the trust and willingness of each of these groups. This method has been successfully employed in over seventy cities and counting.
Read this book. You'll be glad you did.
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