Evaluating the effect of project longevity on group-involved shootings and homicides in New Haven, Connecticut

Michael Sierra-Arevalo*, Yanick Charette, Andrew V. Papachristos

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Abstract

Beginning in November 2012, New Haven, Connecticut, served as the pilot site for Project Longevity, a statewide focused deterrence gun violence reduction strategy. The intervention brings law enforcement, social services, and community members together to meet with members of violent street groups at program call-ins. Using autoregressive integrated moving average models and controlling for the possibility of a non-New Haven–specific decline in gun violence, a decrease in group offending patterns, and the limitations of police-defined group member involved (GMI) categorization of shootings and homicides, the results of our analysis show that Longevity is associated with a reduction of almost five GMI incidents per month. These findings bolster research confirming the efficacy of focused deterrence approaches to reducing gun violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)446-467
Number of pages22
JournalCrime and Delinquency
Volume63
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2017

Keywords

  • Crime prevention
  • Deterrence
  • Gangs
  • Intervention
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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