Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Old News But Good News: SOS Crown Heights Proving Effective at Preventing Gun Violence

This should have gone up last week, but ILFA's day job kicked into gear (apologies as well to Secondary Sound, whose Jam Night at the Breukelen Coffee House screened live for the first time tonight). Nonetheless, it's something to celebrate - the folks over at SOS Crown Heights just got a review back from their parent organization (the Center for Court Innovation) that suggests that rates of gun violence are 20% lower in their catchment area than in comparable areas of Brooklyn (most areas saw a 20% increase over the past 29 months, while SOS's zone did not). While CCI obviously wants to see their programs succeed, the review appears to have been conducted with rigor and substance, so congrats are in order for SOS. 

Save Our Streets Crown Heights is delighted to share with you an evaluation of S.O.S. that reports that shooting rates have decreased as a result of our efforts. 

The report, "Testing a Public Health Approach to Gun Violence," conducted by the Center for Court Innovation, took place over 29 months and shows that comparison neighborhoods had 20% higher rates of gun violence than our neighborhood did.  

To learn more about S.O.S., check out the "About Us" or "Videos" tab above. If you want to get involved, check out the "How You Can Help" tab.

To download the study, click here.
To read the press release, click here.
To listen to a podcast interview with the authors, click here.
To read a Q&A with the authors, click here.
To read a recent New York Times article profiling one of the Violence Interrupters, click here
To listen to a recent CNN radio piece on the S.O.S. team, click here.

One thing to add - SOS is based on the Cure Violence model (also known as CEASEfire) developed in Chicago and profiled (remarkably and hauntingly) in "The Interrupters." For an in-depth look at how this model works, watch it here.


  1. Nick,

    Not to tell you how to write your blog or anything, but you should probably point out that gun violence in Crown Heights did not really decrease during this period (the authors report a 6% decrease, but not statistically significant). Rather, the 20% comes from a comparison with comparable areas (Bed-Study, Flatbush, Brownsville) that saw increases in gun violence during this period.

    In terms of measuring the impact of the intervention, they used the right figure, but when thinking about how much gun violence we are seeing in the neighborhood, the answer is that it's pretty much the same.

  2. Duly noted - see edits above.

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