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From Nickerson Gardens to National: An End in Sight to Violence in Inner-City America?

In conversation with Robin Kramer
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Episode Summary
Award-winning criminologist Kennedy, who orchestrated the \"Boston Miracle\", a revolutionary method for gang intervention in the mid-1990s, writes about this successful approach in his new book, Don't Shoot, and discusses solving the problem of crime in our country today, along with the launch of \"Operation Ceasefire\" in Los Angeles with Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department Charlie Beck.

Participant(s) Bio
David M. Kennedy is the director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. He is the author of Deterrence and Crime Prevention: Reconsidering the Prospect of Sanction and he has been called on as an adviser on illicit drug and firearm markets, youth and domestic violence, and deterrence theory for the Justice Department, the Department of the Treasury, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the White House, as well as for international governmental bodies.

Charlie Beck, Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department since 2009, oversees the third largest police department in the United States. Having facilitated his predecessor's successful reengineering and reform effort, Chief Beck continues to evolve and refine those strategies to further the Department's ascendancy to the pinnacle of 21st Century Policing. Major components of this endeavor include the mitigation of crime, the reduction of gang violence, the containment of terrorism, and the continuation of the reforms that brought the Department into compliance with the Consent Decree.

Robin Kramer has been an active leader in Los Angeles civic affairs for over three decades. She was the first woman to hold the position of Chief of Staff to both Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Richard Riordan, and was a senior executive at the California Community Foundation, Broad Foundation and Coro Southern California. She is currently working as Senior Advisor to The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, chairs the Pitzer College Board of Trustees, and serves as one of five commissioners of the Port of Los Angeles, the economic engine for Southern California.