“Turning an emergency room visit into a “teachable moment” and helping young people manage their emotions and think twice before resorting to violence are among the most promising forms of community interventions, says a task force…” thecrimereport.org/2021/10/11/cur…
“A review of four of the most commonly used violence-reduction strategies made clear that no single response was sufficient to curb the rising toll of deaths and injuries in neighborhoods considered “at-risk.”
“But each of the strategies―cognitive behavioral therapy, hospital-based intervention, the use of street outreach workers, and “environmental crime prevention”― have produced positive results in the cities where they’ve been used.”
“Their success depends on the use of properly trained individuals, a focus on achievable results and, not surprisingly, sufficient funding and technical assistance to see the project through.”

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14 Oct
Thank you for sending this and pointing out the issues with those who have disabilities. CAHOOTS is a program Minneapolis is trying to replicating here. Read about it below and check out the data:
In Eugene, Ore.,for example, the White Bird Clinic runs what’s known as CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out on the Streets), a program that reroutes 911 and non-emergency calls relating to mental health, substance use or homelessness to a team of medics and crisis-care workers
“Those teams respond to such calls instead of—not alongside—police. The CAHOOTS program,…, receives roughly 24,000 calls each year; 17% of Eugene police calls are redirected to CAHOOTS, a boon to police departments, which can better use resources combatting crimes.”
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14 Oct
I would not usually retweet a story like this but there is a terrible factual inaccuracy, badly in need of correction. The story is also in need of some balance. First, this is just wrong: 👇🏻
“On Aug. 17, 202, Brown was sentenced to a year in the workhouse, but he was almost immediately released and given credit for 33 days.” 👇🏻
“WCCO asked attorney Tamburino if this was standard practice.
“In today’s world, unfortunately it is,” he said. “People are being released on no bail or very low bail regardless of how many times they have been in the system.”

Bail has absolutely nothing to do with this. Why? 👇🏻
Read 7 tweets
11 Oct
My conversation w/ Max @MNReformer was almost 90 minutes so the podcast was a well-edited version. I said a couple of other things about the Idd case that also apply to the decision announced today. 👇🏻
1. In both cases, police used a tactic known as “vehicle containment.” The photos of the parking ramp in the Smith case show how his car was boxed in by law enforcement (unmarked) cars. This is not meant to de-escalate. It escalates by forcing the person into “fight or flight.”
Vehicle containment should be a last resort because it too often ends in violence. Police successfully negotiate with people in crisis by being patient and giving the person the opportunity to think clearly. Prosecutors should talk about police policies which escalate situations.
Read 5 tweets
3 Oct
Conversations about traffic stops are important to have but we should rely on data and not anecdotes or fear. In Mpls, police made found guns in less than half of one percent of the searches they did after pulling Black drivers over for moving or equipment violations.
I would like to understand how Ramsey County’s policy is a disservice to victims (a claim from the story). Police can still pull over a car if they suspect the driver of committing a crime or having a warrant. Nothing in the policy prevents that.
Do these police departments have data about their stops? How many they make? How often they search? What they find? The race of the drivers? It’s impossible to evaluate the effectiveness of a department’s practices without data.
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1 Oct
“…it’s critical not to respond with the kinds of policies that gave us mass incarceration and are helping to perpetuate it — in particular, the aggressive use of decades-long, mandatory prison sentences for “violent” crimes.” t.co/kTJ2R4t9Hf
“There are three things wrong with these “brute force” responses to violent crime.  The first is that they impose massive harm for negligible benefit. There’s no evidence that draconian sentences have done much to reduce violence in the United States.”
“Decades of research have failed to show any beneficial effect of our long prison sentences on public safety. What is certain is that they destroy lives, tear apart families, hollow out communities, and wreck state budgets.”
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10 Sep
“If we are to achieve our goals of saving lives, of ending mass incarceration, and uprooting systemic inequities behind racial, economic and other disparities, we must implement 21st century drug strategies.”filtermag.org/weaponizing-mi…
“Researchers, reformers, politicians and law enforcement professionals in the United States and across the globe have recognized we can no longer rely on our long-established system of criminalization and urging people to abstain from drug use.”
“For a start, there have been zero overdose deaths recorded in around 120 safe consumption sites (SCS) operating across the world, where naloxone and trained staff are always on hand.”
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