Beto Chair Lecture Series: Professor David M. Kennedy

Beto Chair Lecture Series

Friday Oct 18, 2013
9:30 - 11:00 A.M.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom


Professor David Kennedy

Professor David M. Kennedy of John Jay College of Criminal Justice will present “Toward a New Criminal Justice: Race, Violence, Drugs, Prison, and Legitimacy” as the Fall Beto Lecture. He is the Director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control. The Center focuses on crime prevention initiatives to combat violent street groups, gun violence and gun trafficking, overt drug markets, and domestic violence by building relations between the community and law enforcement, strengthening neighborhoods, and reducing arrests and incarceration.

Kennedy was the Director of “Operation Ceasefire” in Boston in the 1990s, a coordinated, citywide strategy aimed at deterring juvenile and gang firearms violence through a multi-agency approach, which included federal, state and local law enforcement; parole and probation officers; the Mayor’s Office and city agencies; clergy; and universities. The program is credited with reducing firearms violence more than percent 60 percent, and the project has been replicated in cities across the country, resulting in average reduction in violence of 40 to 50 percent.
Young man walks past a stop the violence sign on a city building.Kennedy also developed the High Point (N.C) drug market intervention strategy, which was designed to close neighborhood drug markets by identifying street-level dealers, arresting violent offenders, suspending cases for non-violent dealers, and bringing together drug dealers, their families, law enforcement and criminal justice officials, service providers, and community leaders for a meeting that makes clear the dealing has to stop.

For his efforts, Kennedy has received two Webber Seavey Awards from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, two Ford Foundation Innovations in American Government Awards from the Kennedy School of Government, and a Herman Goldstein Problem-Oriented Policing Award. He was awarded the 2011 Hatfield Scholar Award for scholarship in the public interest.

Guns with twisted and tied barrel with stop the violence sign.Kennedy serves as the co-chair of the National Network for Safe Communities, an alliance of more than 50 jurisdictions dedicated to decreasing crime, reducing incarceration, addressing the racial conflict associated with traditional crime policy, and elevating community members that stand against chaos and violence in their neighborhoods. The group is developing a national standard for violence prevention programs and works extensively in Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston.

Kennedy is the author Don’t Shoot, One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America, a chronicle of his decades-long crusade against violence, and Deterrence and Crime Prevention: Reconsidering the Prospect of Sanction, which advocates new deterrence strategies to address some of the most important crime problems in the country. He is also the co-author of Beyond 911: A New Era for Policing, which shows innovative approaches by law enforcement to combat crime and violence.
His vita includes a wide range of articles on gang violence, drug markets, domestic violence, firearms trafficking, deterrence theory, and other public safety issues.

Kennedy received his Bachelor of Arts with high honors in Philosophy and History from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. He also serves as a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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