Boston: Treating Criminals Like Real People with Real Problems

[Boston preachers had a radical idea for reducing youth violence: listen to young people’s grievances, and address their concerns with ideas that go beyond looking tough on crime. And it worked.

In a recent TED talk, Pastor Jeffrey Brown explained one of the ways Boston brought down violent crime by 79 percent in the 1990s: by reaching out to the kids, teens, and young adults who were committing crime. At first, Brown did this by walking in some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Boston late at night with fellow clergy. “We did an amazing thing for preachers: we decided to listen and not preach,” Brown said….]

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