In my previous blog I explained in general terms how predictive policing works. Now I will explain its implementation in more detail. Studies in the United States have shown that half the crimes in Seattle take place in just 4.5 percent of the city's streets; that a bit more than 3 percent of the streets and intersections in Minneapolis account for half the crime … [Read more...] about Without Fears
The gun was pointed directly at us. What scared me was not so much the gun but the crazed look in the 18-year-old’s eyes. It was as if anything done at that moment would make him jump and inadvertently pull the trigger. I, at 15 years old, was paralyzed with fear. My brother gently eased my seat back and told me to stay low. He slowly stepped out of his car. I remember the … [Read more...] about Healing for the Victim and the Offender Part I
When I was 14 years old, I stood at my window and watched as a young man ran for his life and another young man calmly stood, aimed and shot him to death. They were both under the age of 25. The following year, my best friend, 15 years old, barely made it to his front door before he collapsed. He had stab wounds over his entire body. In that same year, my brother and I … [Read more...] about At-Risk Young Men in the Bahamas: An Endangered Species?
In 2014, Trinidad and Tobago will be the first Caribbean country to adapt and pilot the CureViolence program. The CureViolence pilot, which will be funded under the IDB-financed Citizen Security Programme (CSP), will use a public health approach to anticipate and interrupt transmission of risk events and change the social norms and behaviors that perpetuate violence. The model … [Read more...] about CureViolence: A Public Health Approach to Combatting Trinidad’s Crime Problems