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Community Role in Declining Crime (Video)

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This video was produced by C-SPAN and is a panel discussion conducted by Northwestern University that examines the role of communities in declining crime rates.
This 1-hour, 29-minute two video set is a panel discussion that examined the role of communities in declining crime rates. The focus of the presentations was what communities can do to affect crime rates rather than how crime rates affect communities. This portion of the panel discussion included the work of four academics and a community organizer actively involved in criminal justice issues. The panel members were: Richard Curtis, a professor of anthropology from John Jay College who presented his recent work summarizing nine research projects that examined the role of communities in declining crime rates; Robert Parker, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Riverside, who discussed how national consumption rates of alcohol are leading indicators of national rates of homicide and the cause and effect relationship that exists between the two; John Donohue, a professor at Stanford University Law School, who examined the decline in crime rates and whether the declines could be explained by long-term secular trends or short-term variations around the trends; George Kelling, a criminal justice professor from Rutgers University and expert in community policy and the Broken Windows theory, who discussed the recent decline in crime rates on the New York City subway system; and Warren Friedman, executive director of the Chicago Alliance for Neighborhood Safety, who discussed the importance of communities in declining crime rates. A question and answered session followed the presentations.