Violent Crime Working Group
Violent crime, particularly homicide, is rising rapidly in cities across the nation. Recent reports from the Council find a 30% surge in murders in 2020 compared to the previous year, and a 16% increase for the first half of 2021. Meanwhile, property and drug crimes declined during these same periods.
This rise in violence is claiming lives, filling prisons, and undermining momentum for policing and other criminal justice reforms. Policymakers and practitioners at all levels of government need solutions now.
Composed of a diverse range of leaders representing community organizations, law enforcement, the public health sector, and academia, the Violent Crime Working Group is dedicated to addressing the most pressing and challenging issues concerning crime, violence, and justice.
Launched in July 2021, the Group meets on a rolling basis, tackling a different challenge during each session. Member discussions and findings are then summarized and released in public bulletins featuring concrete suggestions for policy and practice as well as links to relevant research, programs, and funding. The Group also produces independent research on crime trends and holds webinars on select topics.
Who We Are
Linda Harllee Harper
Related CCJ Work
- Event Recap: Reducing Violence, Restoring Confidence (May 2021)
- Impact Report: COVID-19 and Crime (May 2021)
- Reports: CCJ Task Force on Policing (May 2021)
- Event Recap: Stopping Violence and Saving Lives (February 2021)
- Impact Report: COVID-19 and Crime (January 2021)
- Federal Priorities Task Force Recommendation: Evidence-Based Strategies for High-Violence Cities (May 2020)
- Event Recap: Bleeding Out: Strategies to Reduce Violence (July 2019)
Support for this initiative comes from the Charles Koch Institute, The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Microsoft, as well as CCJ’s general operating contributors.