The Root Cause of Violent Crime is Not What We Think It is

December 12 2022

The New York Times published an essay penned by Center of Policing Equity CEO Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff. In it, Dr. Goff addresses how the traditional tough-on-crime approach has little effect on violent crime because it does not address its root cause. Dr. Goff advocates that the message of “strong communities keeping everyone safe” not only resonates with Republican and Democratic voters but also has been backed up by data, academics, and government commissions. 

From the coverage: “But common sense and recent polling show that a majority of voters are concerned about crime and also supportive of changes in how we keep communities safe. This has fueled thousands of local innovations across the country. City governments, community groups and nonprofits are comparing notes on what works.”

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