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Bleeding Out: The Devastating Consequences of Urban Violence--and a Bold New Plan for Peace in the Streets

Bleeding Out: The Devastating Consequences of Urban Violence--and a Bold New Plan for Peace in the Streets

by Thomas Abt


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From a Harvard scholar and former Obama official, a powerful proposal for curtailing violent crime in America

Urban violence is one of the most divisive and allegedly intractable issues of our time. But as Harvard scholar Thomas Abt shows in Bleeding Out, we actually possess all the tools necessary to stem violence in our cities.

Coupling the latest social science with firsthand experience as a crime-fighter, Abt proposes a relentless focus on violence itself — not drugs, gangs, or guns. Because violence is "sticky," clustering among small groups of people and places, it can be predicted and prevented using a series of smart-on-crime strategies that do not require new laws or big budgets. Bringing these strategies together, Abt offers a concrete, cost-effective plan to reduce homicides by over 50 percent in eight years, saving more than 12,000 lives nationally. Violence acts as a linchpin for urban poverty, so curbing such crime can unlock the untapped potential of our cities' most disadvantaged communities and help us to bridge the nation's larger economic and social divides.

Urgent yet hopeful, Bleeding Out offers practical solutions to the national emergency of urban violence — and challenges readers to demand action.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541645721
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 06/25/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 308,568
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Thomas Abt is a senior fellow at the Council on Criminal Justice. Previously, he served as a policymaker in Barack Obama's Justice Department and worked for New York governor Andrew Cuomo, overseeing all criminal justice and homeland security agencies in the state. Abt lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Bleeding Out 1

Chapter 2 Triage 15

Part I Diagnosis

Chapter 3 Sticky Situations 31

Chapter 4 Carrot and Stick 45

Chapter 5 No Justice, No Peace 53

Part II Treatment

Chapter 6 Pacifying Shooters 81

Chapter 7 Cooling Hot Spots 115

Chapter 8 Guns, Gangs, and Drugs 133

Part III Prognosis

Chapter 9 How Talk Informs Action 157

Chapter 10 Redemption and Recovery 183

Chapter 11 Getting Started 197

Acknowledgments 213

Appendix A 217

Appendix B 241

Notes 245

Index 273

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