Boston officials need to fund violence prevention

Monica Cannon-Grant & David J. Harris
May 23, 2019
Commonwealth Magazine

“We know violence prevention requires community leadership, a holistic set of solutions, and a coordinated approach with robust funding to enact those solutions.
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A holistic response to gun violence is a matter of racial justice. Communities of color plagued by decades of deliberate disinvestment know how to prevent and transform violence. Communities want justice for victims of crime, but most prefer rehabilitation to punitive responses. We cannot arrest our way out—especially when aggressive policing doesn’t address root causes of violence and too often harms the same communities affected by it, sending generations of young black and brown men to jail and prison.”

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